onsdag 27. juli 2016

Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Presidential Politics

So last fall I conducted a seminar at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) about Clinton, running for president, and gender bias. You can actually watch a video of my presentation here. (Yes, I was pretty pregnant when I did this.) First, full disclosure: I am not an expert in gender and politics. But, since I was invited to speak about Hillary Clinton by their gender research group, and I am interested in how female politicians are treated in the media and by fellow politicians, I figured let's do this.

I wrote a long blog post for them in preparation for the seminar, where I focused on the incredibly sexist 2008 election cycle. You can read the whole thing here. What's ironic is that because Donald Trump at that point (August last year) was not being taken all that seriously yet, I was hopeful that the 2016 cycle would be an improvement, gender bias-wise. This was based on the stick-to-the-facts campaign being run by Clinton's main opponent, Bernie Sanders, who refused to comment on her hair, clothes, or body (as opposed to many, many incidents in 2007-2008).

Yeah, so that was a YUGE mistake. YUGE.

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