Vote Highlighted a Gender Gap, With Both Sides Feeling They’ve Lost Ground
Susan Chira, The New York Times
Accusations of sexual assault, misogynistic language and more came to define President-Elect Donald Trump’s run for office. His attitudes about women were alarming to many female voters, but resonated with many men, who we came to see are painfully aggrieved by economic and cultural displacement. The election laid bare a persistent rift between men and women in the United States — an intimate rift that lives in our streets, workplaces and even our marriages. “The pink and blue divide may prove as deep, fractious and mutually incomprehensible as the red and blue,” Chira concludes.
The Real ‘Shy Trump’ Vote – How 53% of White Women Pushed Him to Victory
Lois Beckett, Rory Carroll, Carmen Fishwick, Amber Jamieson and Sam Thielman, The Guardian
How did Trump pull off his surprise victory? In part, by winning white, female voters, 53 percent of whom voted for Trump. By contrast, 94 percent of black women and 68 percent of Latino women cast ballots for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The Guardian’s reporters dive into the racial divides among the nation’s women, interviewing voters and experts alike. Author Rebecca Carroll says that, while white women do grapple with misogyny, “they are still in many ways so protected and favored and privileged.”
Over 70 Nations Have Been Led by Women. So Why Not the U.S.?
Katrin Bennhold and Rick Gladstone, The New York Times
Many experts point to one key underlying reason why no woman has yet assumed America’s highest office, though women have led many other countries: the U.S. president’s hyper-masculine role as Commander-in-Chief and guardian of the world. The New York Times explains how Hillary Clinton came so close to the presidency, why the United States is lagging behind other countries in this regard, and how various women around the world have managed to become heads of state.
The Woman Washington Never Figured Out
Bert Brandenburg, Slate
The death of Janet Reno, the first woman to hold the job of attorney general, brings us this insightful look at her legacy and pioneering life. Reno was an overachiever who played by her own rules — and Washington never did really figure her out. Slate sheds some light, exploring the timeless grace Reno brought to Washington and her life as a career woman who said her “feminism was all about doing the job.”
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