The Pros And Cons Of Hillary Clinton

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Although Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid did set some historical precedents: she was the first woman to be nominated as a presidential candidate for a major political party (Harthorne) and she was the first woman to win the most popular votes in the US presidential election (Tongco). She was not the first woman to run for President of the United States. That title belongs to Victoria Woodhull. Woodhull ran as the candidate for the Equal Rights Party in 1872. This was 48 years before women were formally allowed to vote. She ran twice more, in 1884 and 1892, and lost. Other notable women that sought the presidential bid were Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, who was the Democratic nominee in 1972, Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, the first Asian American woman to pursue the presidential bid in the 1972 election (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica). She also was the first woman from Hawaii to run for president from the state of Hawaii. Pat Schroeder (1988), Carol Mosely Braun (2004), and Elizabeth Dole also ran for president, but later withdrew either due to insufficient campaign funds or low voting rates (Bohanan). The main difference between these women and Hillary Clinton was that Clinton’s win seemed inevitable.
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Kristof’s article about the double standard in the perspective of Hillary Clinton answers the question: Are women close to equality? Stereotyping, the double standard, and the double bind only damage the respect and image of female politicians. When Chelsea Clinton gave birth, some news outlets commented that they are not sure if Hillary would be a suitable future president because of her status as a grandmother (Miller)! That was the most extraneous news I had ever heard! No one said this when Ivanka gave birth to her child during Trump’s campaign