Hillary Clinton appears to be running as some kind of champion of feminism in her unannounced bid for the presidency.
The trouble is, she’s no champion for the cause.
If we take a ride back 20 years to the 1990s, Hillary was involved in the most orchestrated and vicious victim-blaming campaigns against women in recent history. She spent years defending husband Bill from accusations that he raped, sexually assaulted or groped women. And even after he admitted publicly that he cheated on her, she stood by him.
Why? The answer points to politics.
Because while Hillary made her own way in the world during the 70s and 80s at a law firm, those doors opened for her after Bill was elected Arkansas attorney general. Prior to that, she was teaching criminal law at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Now, that could have led to her work at a prestigious law firm and then higher office (worked for President Obama), but her upward trajectory really started because her husband’s name was elevated.
Her career continued to take off as Bill’s did. When he was elected as attorney general and they moved to Little Rock, Ark., she was able to get a job at a prestigious law firm with political influence. When Bill was elected as Arkansas governor, Hillary was appointed to an influential committee and made partner at her law firm, which also began bringing in big name clients because of her marriage to Bill.
When Bill became president, Hillary, as first lady, began positioning herself as a policymaker. No amount of scandal on Bill’s part was going to keep her from that goal.
When the Clintons left the White House, they bought a mansion in New York for the sole purpose of allowing Hillary a state address to run for senator. When former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani pulled out of the race due to personal and medical reasons, he paved the way for Hillary to run for Senate without difficulty. She won re-election easily without a strong competition from Republicans.
Her failed bid for the presidency in 2008 was the first time she was involved in a tough race. She was appointed secretary of state after she lost, in part to bring unity to the Democratic party following her contentious primary against President Obama.
The most that can be said about her “accomplishments” was that she “achieved” them by being married to Bill. That’s not exactly the feminist way of being your own, empowered woman.
And if you look at how she acted during her career, there’s not much for feminists to be excited about.
I mentioned earlier how she attacked the women Bill cheated on her with, which in today’s society where we must always believe the victim is a huge no-no.
And beyond that, she is now speaking out against the gender wage gap when she had her own wage gap while she was a U.S. senator.
Feminists will have to hold their noses in order to vote for Hillary (which they’ll do, of course, lest there be an evil Republican man in the White House), unless they completely let go of their principles.
You know who should be a feminist role model? Jenny Sullivan Sanford. She was a successful investment banker before she met and married her husband Mark. She was his campaign manager and major funder for his congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. Essentially, she got him elected and not the other way around.
And when Mark cheated on her, Jenny didn’t stay by his side to play victim or because she needed to further her career. No, she left him because she didn’t need him to secure her future.
That’s a feminist hero, not someone who calls women who had an affair with her husband “trailer trash” while excusing his boorish behavior, pays women less than men and used her husband’s influence to further her own career.