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Yay or Nay: A Female Duty to Support HIllary?

On Super Tuesday, when Hillary Clinton thanked her mother for all her support, she pointed out that when her mom was born, women couldn't even vote. I couldn't help but feel moved by the historical significance of Hillary's candidacy. And then, in all honesty, I felt a little guilty for not throwing my vote behind her.

I'm curious: Do any of you feel an obligation as a woman to support Hillary Clinton?


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bandages bandages 9 years
What a stupid question. I don't vote based on what kind of plumbing I have.
liciababe liciababe 9 years
I would love to have a woman president but not hillary anyone but hillary i would love for condi rice to be pres but she's to smart to Voting for someone just because or their race or gender is ignorant
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I think we should vote for the best person, regardless of gender of race. Although, to be honest I did feel that because she is woman she may represent women more strongly politically. But at this point in the game I am voting for the candidate I feel has a stronger chance of really making a difference as President and getting our country back on track after 8 years of Bush.
popsplenda popsplenda 9 years
Yuck I hate this question. I totally agree with redegg and popgoestheworld. And I'm really surprised that there are yes votes! This isn't third grade boys against the girls.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
mmmph excuse me while I vomit into my office wastebasket. too much estrogen in the air. No to hillary, i dont care if she sits down or stands up to pee. i cant stand the woman
pisces-girl pisces-girl 9 years
Absolutely not. I am all for a woman president and can't wait to see it happen but under no circumstances would I ever vote for someone based on their gender. That's ridiculous.
annalia05 annalia05 9 years
I think it's a shame that the US is lagging behind so many other countries in choosing female leaders. Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Chile, India, Ireland, Liberia and The Philippines...the list goes on and we should be embarrassed not be on it. We should also be ashamed that our Congress is made up of only 15% women. We make up half the population, but only represent 15%?? Something is very very wrong with that. The idea of a woman President makes me incredibly proud. Hillary is an incredible role model and I will do everything I can to help her get elected. And yes, that is certainly because she is a strong, capable women.
geebers geebers 9 years
Maybe instead of duty the word should be inclination. In my opinion - Clinton has more experience - she was inside the White House with Bill and has first-hand knowledge of what it means to be President. Don't underestimate that experience. And I for one believe mandated health care is the most important policy in our country- it falls in line with the the economy (saving billions of dollars) and it helps us with foreign relations if we show we can be an industrialized nation that cares for our own people. Obama has already decided against that so there is zero chance of that happening if he becomes President. I can't really put my vote for someone who completely eliminates an issue that is so important to me. And as a New Yorker- she HAS done a lot for New York. I believe in her as President for her policies - not because she is a woman but believe me- it helps.
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 9 years
i don't think it's an insulting question at all - i feel like as a woman i am proud to give my support to her possible presidency because of her views, her agenda, her plans to make America the country it once was. after making my decision am i proud that this person is a woman? hell yes i am, and i will back her with confidence.
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 9 years
I'm sure it's already been said. But just because a women is running does not mean we should blindly follow. that is insulting. I can be proud that women are finally being taken seriously without automatically letting that gender choose my vote.
gigill gigill 9 years
I agree with Cadet's comments. I can't vote because I'm not American, but I'm really into reading info about this race. After looking through some of the helpful links Citizen/Liberty Sugar posted about the issues it looks like mine are most in line with Hillary's, so that's who I would vote for! It's so exciting to see a woman *this* close to becoming president. Who knows? Maybe it will actually happen! I do have a problem with the word "duty" in this poll question - I think I understand what you're trying to get at Liberty, but I don't think duty is quite the right word. It feels a bit strong.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I am voting for Hillary this coming Tuesday, but it is not because she's a woman. If Chris Dodd hadn't dropped out, my vote would belong to him. I think there is no place in politics for gender or race concerns. There is too much else going on to worry about those petty things.
kh61582 kh61582 9 years
Liberty Sugar as well as the other 29 who said they felt "guilty" for not voting for Hilary Clinton are incredibly stupid! You are the reason that the media is making this a question. her gender should have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH WHETHER WE VOTE OF HER OR NOT!!!! You people are ridiculous for feeling any sort of "guilt". Stop listening to CNN and vote with your head! Women got the vote because we EARNED IT! A women should not get our vote unless she earns it!
Advah Advah 9 years
legalbeagle, I definitely agree that women and men still haven't reached equality, and that society still has a lot of things to learn. However I don't see what the link with politics is. Men AND women can be terrible candidates (I'm not implying Hillary is), and I'd hate to think women would vote for the bad female candidate instead of a good male candidate for instance. And if you had a male candidate with a feminist agenda, and a female candidate with a 'regular' agenda, would you pick the woman? The predominence of white men in politics shows there is definitely an issue. But I think votes should be based on whether the candidate has the potential of a great president, and not gender or skin colour or religion. Voting for a woman because she is a woman would make me feel at the same level as men who don't vote for women. :)
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
I totally agree redegg! And if people agree with the above statement, then who are African American Woman supposed to vote for? People should stop making this a race or gender contest and just vote for the candidate with the best voice.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
between this question and the feminism question in Dear last week... Im beginning to believe that the majority of women on this site dont know what its like to be dismissed because youre a woman... everytime a man calls me 'hun' or looks at me like its adorable that i have a big bag of books, I just want to scream. I know a lot of you girls disagree with me, and Im not judging you. I just cant help but think of the way women have been treated for thousands of years through every society on earct and say to myself 'How can I not support a woman as President of the free world?' it seems like everyone thinks men and women have reached equality- its not true. Whoever posted that article on womensmedia about hilary and feminism needs to send the link to this thread..
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
LOL! Thats hilarious. Why the hell would you vote for someone just because they're the same sex as you. Next you should ask if all mixed races feel obligated to vote for Obama. Random!
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
A woman has an obligation to vote for the person who best represents her views and hopes in a candidate. I would never want her to lose BECAUSE she is a woman - which may happen, regardless, because of what people actually vote once inside the voting box - but whether or not I support her, and my obligation to support her, goes no further than her cohesiveness with my personal platform.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
Like someone else said, I'd love to see a female president, but not her. She would do way more harm than good.
kia kia 9 years
I think it is awesome that she is a viable candidate unlike the Democrats using Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 as a running mate to Mondale. I thought that was a joke just like that Chris Rock movie "Head of State." I think it is disrespectful to Hilary to be obligated to vote for her based solely on gender bias. She has merits beyond that. I may not vote for her, but I am seriously considering her.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
It's issues and leadership that should decide the next president, not gender. I'm not that into politics, but I know for sure I wouldn't let myself vote without educating myself on the candidates, rather than automatically going with the woman.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I strongly admire Hillary. As a woman, she's definitively someone to look up to: strong, sensitive, smart and successful. Nevertheless, I think Barak Obama will be a better president. I think he has better policies, he is a great leader, I like his ideas on international politics, he's a great orator and he is very charismatic. I understand what you are saying, I like seeing a woman running for president, but I just don't think she's the best choice. I feel happy because rather a woman or a black man have the possibility to be the next president. And that's new and exciting.
Advah Advah 9 years
I really appreciate all the answers. Last year one of my friends, who's obsessed with politics, kept asking my American (girl) friends why they were supporting Obama instead of Hillary, since they're women too. I have to say I admire Hillary for keeping her head up despite all the comments and insults she has to face simply because she's a woman - and I have to say that for that reason only it's tempting to vote for her, just to show people that it's time a woman is taken seriously as a politician. But as you all said, votes should be based on what the candidate represents only, and not on whether it's a man/woman or the colour of his/her skin. Popgoestheworld, I agree with your comment about personality and especially charisma. This is slighty off-topic, but that's what I've tried to explain to people about the French Sarkozy/Royal elections: while I strongly disagree with most of what Sarkozy does or says, I'm not surprised he won. He's so much more charismatic than Royal, who's a *disastrous* speaker. I actually find it insulting she wants to represent a country while any high school student who's done a class presentation does a way better job as speaking publicly.
coco-1 coco-1 9 years
I wish this question would go away. Are women so incapable of making an informed decison that we have to vote only by gender? This causes me distress at the media and Team Hillary who seem to advocate this position. If women want change and a future with their rights intact vote Obama. I hope women will begin to look past gender and see who is not only ready on Day 1 to lead, but more importantly, who is RIGHT on Day 1 to lead. Vote Obama.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
Okay, this election is very important, and yes, it's interesting that the candidates for the dems are non-caucasian, and a woman. But it's making me mad that people I know are voting based on that! It's NOT a beauty pageant, it is an ELECTION! Yet my friends are doing things like voting for obama b/c they are black, or not voting for Hillary b/c she is a woman. I don't feel that you have to vote for Hillary just because she is a woman and so are you; it's great to support your fellow women, but honestly pick the candidate that you feel will do best to clean up Bush's mess!
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