Why Hillary Clinton isn’t winning young women votes like she anticipated

Anna Casasco ’19
Contributing Writer

With the potential to become the first female presidential nominee, you would think that women would vote for her, right? Women would support a fellow woman who is committed to feminist issues over an older white man? That’s what Clinton thought too, but in reality that’s the farthest from the case.

Recent polls have shown that most young women voters are voting for Bernie Sanders; Clinton is losing young women’s votes by about 30 points. It’s frankly unreasonable to expect women to vote as a monolithic group.

Female Clinton supporters accusing other women who aren’t voting for her of not caring about feminism or women’s rights, perpetuates misogyny among women. An example of this is Madeline Albright’s famous adage recently used to express dismay at Clinton’s status: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

I am voting for Bernie Sanders, not because I am following where “the boys are going” or because I’m not a feminist. I am voting for him because he represents what I want America to focus on and strive towards. When women attack other women for their refusal to vote for someone based on gender, it only pushes them away from that candidate. When older Clinton supporters give wild statements like Albright’s, it only shows the limitations of the so called “feminism” that they stand for and pushes young women voters like myself possibly further from that notion.

My decision is based on policy and policy alone, and that’s what my fellow young female Sanders supporters are focusing on, as well. I don’t agree with Clinton’s policies or how she is running her campaign, so that is why I am not voting for her. I want somebody that values my principles and morals, and the person that does this is Bernie Sanders. He gives a voice to young voters that Clinton doesn’t focus on, such as making tuition free at public colleges and raising the minimum wage to a liveable amount. It seems to me that young women are more concerned about political issues and where our country is going than older women, who may be more focused on just seeing a woman in the White House.

Another reason why young women voters aren’t voting for Clinton, while older women are, can be due to difference in experiences between their generations. Clinton gives off the sense of first or second-wave feminism ideals that barred women of color and other non-normative bodies from the feminist movement.

Some young feminist voters would love to have a woman as president, but Clinton just may not be the woman they hoped for. We want a woman who supports all groups of women, not just one.

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