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The push for more reproductive rights splinters along religious lines and personal views on abortion.
Unequal pay and shifting the burdens of parenting get dismissed as “first world problems.” There has been growing attention (at least by social change theorists) to the concept of intersectionality, i.e.
She even had critical words for current (even presently attending!
) politicians and their complacency with the status quo, contrasting with the remarks of Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA) who spoke right before, promoting incremental change and discouraging “coercive protest.” She said, “Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn't do us anything.
She was pressured to change her last name after marriage as a result of rigidly patriarchal tradition.
As First Lady, and again as Democratic presidential nominee, she was blamed for her husband’s affairs and infidelities.
She received blowback from a comment about cookies during her husband’s first presidential campaign that would seem innocuous today: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession.” Of course Hillary would not have graduated from Yale Law School and started a career in public service even before her marriage to Bill Clinton if she had not intended to be a career woman.
But, illustrative of Hillary's inability to capture the leftist millennial voters, even purported progressive feminists today may scoff at Clinton’s cookie comment because it highlights her privilege and disconnect from less wealthy women who lack the luxury to lounge as stay-at-home wives and mothers.
While Trump’s upsetting electoral victory is appalling for a number of reasons, I decided to hone in from the perspective of the women’s movement.
Yet why should we demand that Hillary decontextualize herself to represent women’s interests, when we, as intersectional feminists, place great emphasis on the multiple facets of our own identities?
Those on the left that declined to support Clinton this past election because she was “not progressive enough” or didn’t represent “our brand of feminism” have fallen prey to a flawed progressive critique of “respectable” representatives.
Yet a great deal of opposition to Trump characterizes his positions as anti-women.
The day after his inauguration, the series of Trump protests that turned out millions across the world as an act of resistance was called the Women’s March.