Women Voters, The 'Gender Card' And Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton and the women’s vote. How it’s broken against Bernie Sanders. How it might play out against Donald Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Women for Hillary event in New York, Monday, April 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Women for Hillary event in New York on April 18. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Hillary Clinton, said Donald Trump in his victory speech this week, has nothing going for her but the women’s card. We’ll let them duke that out. But Hillary Clinton’s connection with women, as potentially the first female president of the United States, is no small issue. In the primaries, Bernie Sanders has triumphed with younger women. But what about American women overall, in a general election, looking at Hillary and history. Up next On Point: Hillary Clinton and the women’s vote.
-Tom Ashbrook 


Jill Abramson, journalist, author, biweekly columnist for the Guardian U.S., former executive editor of the New York Times. Teaches writing at Harvard. (@JillAbramson)

Ann Friedman, journalist, weekly columnist at, co-host of the podcast 'Call Your Girlfriend.' (@annfriedman)

Alana Goodman, staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. (@alanagoodman)

From Tom's Reading List

Trump: If Clinton 'were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote'— "Although women’s issues have received relatively little attention in the Republican primary, Trump’s low favorability among women nationwide reveals what would be a crucial weakness for the billionaire if he secures the nomination. Trump doubled down on his comments Wednesday during a series of morning television interviews, dismissing critics who called the remarks sexist and instead criticizing Clinton’s tone. 'It's not sexist. It's true. It's just a very, very true statement. If she were a man, she'd get 5 percent. She's a bad candidate. She's a flawed candidate.'" (Washington Post)

Stop Pitting Women Against Each Other Over Hillary Clinton — "There is no Big Feminism anymore, and no agreed-upon figureheads — at least no one to rival Steinem's fame and iconic status. Today feminism is more about personal identity. As an ideology, it informs my actions, shapes my life choices, and guides my political leanings. There are points of collective action, but mostly it's a belief system that we adhere to individually, and in highly individualized ways." (New York Magazine)

'Hillary, can you excite us?': the trouble with Clinton and young women — "'Hillary, can you excite us?' asks Osaremen Okolo, a 21-year-old African-American who supports Clinton but “misses feeling fired up” as she was for Barack Obama and as some of her friends feel about Sanders. 'Young people like Bernie because he sounds like a revolutionary,' she says. But Okolo prefers Clinton’s experience and positions on issues like equal pay for equal work and criminal justice reform. 'Hillary sounds pragmatic, which can come across as stuffy to young people. Her experience can almost count against her.' She adds: 'Sanders seems bold, even if none of his ideas can happen.'” (The Guardian)

This program aired on April 28, 2016.


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