Does Hillary Clinton winning the election mean a win for all women? Would this be the end of sexism? Probably not. In fact, according to a feminist movement builder who writes for TIME, sexism is not magically going to disappear just because a woman becomes president.
Hillary Clinton winning the election might be a sweet moment of victory for some women as the United States has never had a female president. It, however, doesn’t mean sexism against women will come to an end simply because Clinton is the new president.
Gloria Feldt describes a true victory for women against sexism as a time where there are more female students than males at universities and when several studies show that there are more women in upper management positions. The point being that Hillary Clinton willing the election may be a sweet moment in women’s history (at least for those who support her) it isn’t going to cause sexism against women to suddenly grind to a halt.
According to The Washington Post, the very same question was asked when Obama became president. Could the United States having a black president eradicate racism? When you think about the fact that phrases and hashtags such as “black lives matter” are still frequently going viral, it is safe to say that having a black president didn’t make racism in the United States suddenly grind to a halt. It would appear as if having a black president for years didn’t have much of an impact on racism either.
A new survey from Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research questioned whether or not Hillary Clinton winning the election was also a win for women. Could she stop sexism in the United States? The results of the study concluded that young American women had little faith in Clinton’s ability to do anything to assist in stopping sexism.
The national poll surveyed roughly 1,096 adults. The results of the survey concluded that roughly 60 percent of those adults believed Hillary Clinton and her administration would have little effect on discrimination against women in the United States. Just 25 percent of the adults who participated in the survey believed Hillary Clinton winning the election was also a win for women. That means just a quarter of the original 1,096 adults believed discrimination against women would improve if Hillary became president.
According to the author of the survey, feelings were pretty mixed when it came to how study participants felt about whether or not there have been any improvements in discrimination against women over the years.
“While three-quarters of the public say discrimination against women has decreased over the past 25 years or so, an equal number of Americans think it continues to be an issue today for many women.”
Some of the participants in the survey even questioned whether or not Hillary Clinton being a woman could actually cause discrimination against women to get worse instead of better. Could Hillary Clinton winning the election cause sexism against women to become worse than it already is?
Roughly 53 percent of the respondents to the survey agreed that women have less opportunities than men in the United States and 75 percent said neither a man or a woman produces superior political leader skills.
Basically, the respondents of the survey agree that discrimination against women is a problem. These respondents, however, do not think Hillary Clinton winning the election is going to make the problem go away. Furthermore, they do not think a man or a woman is necessarily the better candidate to be president simply based on their gender.
Would Hillary Clinton winning the election be a win for women? Is she going to do anything to stop sexism in the United States? Probably not, but please – share your thoughts on this in the comments below.
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