DURHAM, N.H.— Hillary Clinton is making a strong pitch to women voters, but not all of them are buying.
On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders leads Clinton among female voters by 8 points, a large shift from the Iowa caucus, where Clinton led Sanders by 11 points in the same demographic.
Sanders' female supporters have been attacked by older, more established Democratic women. Feminist icon Gloria Steinrm suggested that young women were just supporting the Vermont senator because "the boys are with Bernie" and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said that "there is a special place in hell for women who don't support other women."
While Clinton has the potential to make history by clinching the nomination, some younger women are not moved by appeals to gender solidarity.
"So I am a young woman and um, well, just to make one thing clear: I'm here because I support Bernie Sanders. I'm not here for the boys," actress and model Emily Ratajkowski told young voters at the University of New Hampshire Monday night as she introduced Sanders. "I want my first female president to be more than a symbol, I want her to have politics that can revolutionize."
The rally also included four alternative bands and was aimed to get young voters, one of Sanders' key demographics in the state, to make it out to the polls Tuesday. The rally was smaller then expected due to the late evening snowstorm that hit New Hampshire, yet a large number students turned up to feel the Bern.
Voters aged 18-29 supported Sanders in droves during the Iowa caucus, supporting him over Clinton 84-14. He's likely to do similarly well in New Hampshire. Across the state in Hudson Clinton held a rally where she slammed Sanders' healthcare policies.
"You have to have some 'identity' besides your own gender, I think its ridiculous to assume because you're a woman your sex creates your political identity. Its almost a form of sexism," Sanders supporter Jess King, age 22, told the Washington Examiner on Monday.
At Clinton rallies throughout the Granite State this past week, Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have helped Clinton promote her "sisterhood of the travelling pantsuit.". Both Hassan and Shaheen emphasize the historical importance of electing a woman. While many older Clinton women voters see the former secretary of state as their best hope of seeing a woman president in their lifetime, younger women voters don't think she's their last chance.
"Clinton's okay but I like Bernie better," Sanders supporter and University of New Hampshire sophomore Cara Buccini told the Examiner. "There doesn't need to be a woman president right now, there's more potential for a women in the future."