Women In Politics: Hillary Clinton

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Women in politics have always faced issues, when it comes to running for office. They generally face more scrutiny then men, and have a tougher time campaigning and raising money because of an almost standard sexism that takes place. Hillary Clinton is no stranger to the unfairness of being a female politician. She saw much of it during her husband's scandal which took place in the 90s, but she also saw more of it when she decided to run for President in 2007 and 2008. Hilary Clinton was born Hilary Rhodam on October 26, 1947. She was the oldest of three siblings, and the daughter of Republican father, who owned a small business, and a closeted democratic mother, who worked as a nanny. Hillary was raised in Chicago and was taught at a young…show more content…
She organized a two day strike to help cease violence around the MLK assassination. She also helped in child abuse cases, and volunteered in studying the equality of foreign laborers.(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/clinton-hillary/) Soon Hillary would meet Bill Clinton and later marry. Although Hillary Clinton would make a strong political name for herself, Bill Clinton's Presidency would make her a household name for those unfamiliar with politics. She would serve as first lady alongside her husband from 1992-2000. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/clinton-hillary/) Hillary Clinton would announce her candidacy for the democratic party Presidential nominee on January 20th, 2007. Although Clinton was the first First Lady to be elected to public office, she was not the first woman to run for President. However, she is considered the first to ever have a strong chance of winning the Presidency.…show more content…
Some (8%) of media outlets referred to the well established first female senator of New York, as just Hillary. While only 2% referred to her rival as just Barrack. Furthermore, early primary stories would circulate with unknown sources saying that Clinton had quit the race. On top of that, ,many stories commented on Clinton's campaign, which were the least relevant in her chance for Presidency. Many media outlets scrutinized her for being seemingly emotional. Watching her aggressive tone in debates gave the media a bullet target. Other things that were commented on included her style of hair and dress. (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/12/23/media-sexism-doomed-hillarys-2008-bid) Such comments are limited when it comes to male politicians. It is obvious an issue that women politicians face. I would say that fact was proven, when the Republican party decided to elect Sarah Palin for its Vice President. Not only did Palin give the Republican a running mate that could hopefully pull from the Hillary Clinton supporters, but it also gave them someone almost opposite of Hillary. Palin was younger, a former beauty queen, yet nowhere near as knowledgable as Clinton. The supposed unfair treatment did not go unnoticed. Many would speak out against the sexism that was allegedly displayed in Clinton's campaign. The NOW (National Organization for Women) would begin a “Media Hall

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