Hillary Clinton's Use Of Gender

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The 2016 Presidential Election is upon us, making it up to the citizens of the United States of America to decide the future President. Hillary Clinton is running for the Democrats while Donald Trump is for Republicans. While there are multiple campaign dynamics that are affecting the outcome of this Presidential Election, an important one is gender. Gender is important in this Presidential Election because one of the two front running nominees is female, something which has not been accomplished in previous elections. Within the current United States Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton’s use of identity politics, specifically the tactic of positively highlighting her gender, helps further political representation and participation due to …show more content…
Hillary Clinton uses it directly in her slogan “I’m with her.” This campaign slogan not only highlights the fact that she is a woman, but also urges voter to too be with her. If Hillary Clinton were to win the presidential election, she would be the first woman to become President in the United States. This would allow for more political representation of women in the government, something that is lacking. According to the United Census Bureau, 50.8 percent of people living within the United States are women, while only 19.3% of the House of Representatives and 20.0% of the Senate are female. There is a lack of representation in the government, and Hillary Clinton uses this statistic to further her political career. This is important because equal representation should be a top priority in the United States. Americans claim to live in the Land of the Free, yet …show more content…
Andy Barr of Politico.com states that this election was record breaking, “More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever to vote in a presidential election” (Barr). To further, Sam Roberts of the New York Times highlights that “young black voters had the highest turnout in the 2008 presidential elections, compared to other ethnic groups” (Roberts). President Obama helped bring people who may have not have voted before out of their homes because he promised change, one of the biggest changes being the assisting of shattering the racial barricade in America. It is clear that racism is still present in America, however by having an African-American President some of the racial pressure was alleviated. Eight years later, Hillary Clinton will help shatter the glass ceiling. In a research project conducted at the University of Rochester, titled “Pricing the Woman Card: Gender Politics Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump”, the use of the “woman card” was examined. In April of 2016, “Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing the ‘woman card,’ and said that she would be a failed candidate if she was a man” and Clinton responded by saying if “fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.” (Wang et. al.) The study examined the effect this comment had on Trump and

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