Hillary Clinton has already played the gender card big time, and we can expect her to do it even more as the campaign gets underway.
She has accused GOP presidential hopefuls of having "extreme views on women, we expect from some of the terrorist groups … but it's a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States."
Clinton's supposedly pro-woman agenda will include federal mandates for paid family leave and equal pay. Clinton paid her female staffers 72 cents on the dollar to what she paid her male staffers, by the way, so that she can espouse equal pay with a straight face says a lot about her.
Stephen Moore argues that gender rhetoric may not serve Mrs. Clinton in 2016 as well as it did President Obama in 2012 because, even though she is a woman (she's mentioned this, right?), the policies of Obama administration have "crushed" women:
Working women have gotten crushed under the weight of Obama policies. During Barack Obama's six-and-a-half years in office, women have suffered steeper declines in take-home pay than men have. Women have also experienced sharper declines in employment and a faster rise in poverty. The financial squeeze has been especially severe for single women.
Last month, the Census Bureau reported on income and poverty through 2014. It's not a pretty picture. The median-income household has lost nearly $1,300 in income after inflation under Obamanomics.
It's worse for women. Since President Obama took office in 2009, median inflation-adjusted income for women has fallen by nearly 4 cents on the dollar, according to Census data, versus slight gains for men.
On Obama's watch, an additional 2 million women have slipped into poverty. Wait a minute — this is supposed to be an economic recovery. The poverty rate among women is now 16.1 percent — the highest level in 20 years.
The Great Recession was the main factor that plunged families into poverty but, six years later, poverty rates have failed to return to normal levels. The poverty rate among single mothers of children under age 18 (39.8 percent) is nearly double that of single fathers (22 percent), and that gap has widened under Obama's reign.
Workforce participation by women is at an all-time low since the eighties and nineties when women began entering the workforce in greater numbers. There are 57 million women over the age of sixteen not participating in the workforce. Because so many women at the lower end of the economic scale are not working, this narrows the gender wage gap–something Mrs. Clinton is sure to seize upon as a rhetorical point but which actually points to just the opposite of what she will say.
Mrs. Clinton would bring us four to eight more years of policies just like the Obama policies that have hobbled the economy and harmed women.