New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg has some unpleasant news for Hillary Clinton, now engaged in her second attempt to become the nation's first female president.
Clinton was counting on overwhelming support from women, but Stolberg reveals that there is a schism between young and older women over whether they should help put Mrs. Clinton into the White House on the basis of her gender:
Visiting the student center at the Pennsylvania State University a few days before Bernie Sanders scored a victory over Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire she met young women who assume that they will one day see a female president but aren't as motivated by the idea as previous generations:
The three, all sophomores, shook their heads. “I couldn’t even tell you what a feminist is,” said Ms. Tillman, 19, who is African-American. She and her friends note that the nation already has a black president; they see themselves in a postgender world. As Ms. Sandidge, also African-American, said, “I don’t find gender that important.”
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Maybe my mom’s generation or my grandmother’s generation, they’re like: ‘We’ve been waiting for so long. Things are finally happening. O.K., there is a woman, let’s get her into office,’ ” said Ms. Schiebel, who is undecided. “Whereas we’re more like: ‘Eh, well, it’s going to happen. Let’s make sure it happens the way it’s supposed to happen — in a way that’s good for the country.’ ”
The good news is that young women aren't going on the basis of gender.
The bad news is that they are attracted to socialist policies.