Feminism | Posted by Lauren D on 08/12/2016
How The Sexist Media Treatment of Hillary Clinton Affects Young Girls
“I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Hillary Clinton said on July 27th, acknowledging her historic presidential nomination during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.
“This is your victory,” she continued. “This is your night. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say I may become the first woman President. But one of you is next.”
Though Hillary is right that her victory is not just personal, but also a victory for women across the country, we also need to look at the way this achievement was thwarted for years — specifically, the impact of incessant sexism on her campaign.
Looking back to 2008, it’s clear that Clinton’s …
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Molly W on 08/31/2012
Ann Romney’s Appeal to Women
Ann Romney at the RNC
More than ever, the women’s vote is important in the 2012 Presidential Election. All of the attention around the politics of health care for women had made the Republican Party and the Romney campaign acutely aware that they must work to engage the female voting population and to convince them to vote Republican in November.
So on the first night for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Ann Romney stepped up to make an extended appeal to women. Her speech touched on her relationship with her husband, her struggles raising five children, and her belief that America would flourish under her husband’s direction. All of those appeals though rested on the idea that women – mothers and wives in particular – are the …
Feminism | Posted by Zoe G on 06/7/2011
Cat-Calling In The Australian Senate
The date: 1st of June, 2011. The place: The Australian Senate.
Senator Penny Wong, Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation, was speaking when she was interrupted. ‘If I could finish?’ she snapped with justified annoyance, glaring across the room. Immediately the room broke into a chorus of “oooh”, like a bunch of sniggering schoolboys.
Then Opposition Senator David Bushby made a meowing noise.
Gotta give props to Penny Wong – she let him have it: ‘It is just extraordinary. The blokes are allowed to yell but if a woman stands her ground, you want to make that kind of comment. It’s not schoolyard politics, mate!’
The issue had been hotly debated in the Australian media. There is no doubt it was inappropriate, but there is argument over …