I saw this on CTV Newschannel here in Toronto just earlier today and had to blog about it. Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright rebuked young women for supporting Bernie Sanders and their bid to to turn the tide in favor of Hilary Clinton has backfired. Their outrageous remarks have offended many, including Zoe Trimboli, a feminist who supports Sanders. “Shame on Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright for implying that we as women should be voting for a candidate based solely on gender. I can tell you that shaming me and essentially calling me misinformed and stupid is NOT the way to win my vote.”
Dana Edell, Executive Director of SPARK Movement, a gender justice advocacy group, said, “While the historic aspect of the first woman president is hugely powerful and important and would set a really powerful image for young boys and girls to look up to, she might not be the right first woman.”
I agree that while it would be a historic moment for Hilary Clinton to become the first female Commander in-Chief much as it was when Barack Obama became the first African American to take that Oval office, women should not vote for Hilary Clinton simply because she is a woman but because they believe that of all the candidates, she is the most qualified or the best choice to run the country.
Some feminists, like Steinem and Albright want to see Hilary in office, regardless of whether or not she is the right choice. They want her there because she is a woman. Albright talks about the importance of electing a woman to the country’s highest office but what about electing someone who is competent and who will be president for ALL Americans. I have always believed that some feminists make feminism a hindrance rather than a help in the fight for equality. Here are two icons causing divisiveness and undermining feminism because they are dictating how women should vote.
What sort of message are Steinem and Albright sending to young girls when they say that if women vote for a man they go to hell because they are not helping a female candidate? Or if they vote for a man they are doing it because they want to be where the boys are? This looks bad on women. It’s sending the message that we vote with our emotions rather than with our heads. Albright talks about women’s equality but what about the young women’s right to vote for whom they want, regardless of gender, race or age? I have never seen a campaign where people are urged to vote for a candidate because he is a man. Feminists would be up in arms if that were to ever happen. So, when it comes to equality, a candidate should be voted for based on his or her merit and not on gender. Wouldn’t putting the right person in the Oval office be a true revolution, even if that person turns out to be Bernie Sanders? I am not a feminist but as a woman, I am offended by the thought that Hilary Clinton who is running for the presidency, should be entitled to the female vote. I would vote for the most competent person to run the country.
As feminists, Steinem and Albright should focus on areas of inequality and leave the younger generation to vote as they choose. True feminism is not about forcing people to do what you want them to do or to do as you do but it is allowing people to make their own informed choices, even if you don’t agree with them. That’s what America is all about, isn’t it?
Source: New York Times