Girl Power is what is felt over this weekend, not in the Spice Girls kind of way or Power Puff Girls kind of way, but in the Kerry Washington channeling of Anita Hill kind of way in the HBO hit Confirmation. Anita Hill, whistleblower, feminist, and trailblazer igniting a conversation on sexual harassment that has not been extinguished since the fall of 1991. The kind of Girl Power that gives rise to the first female president, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now as some celebrate the mere idea of having the most powerful position in the free world held by a woman, some seem to have such a distaste, such disdain, such in a word, hate for Hillary. Such convoluted rhetoric as, she’s in the pockets of the wealthy, when she worked years with economically challenged women and children for many years during her tenure in Arkansas.
Hillary joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock and, in 1977, was appointed to part-time chairman of the Legal Services Corporation by President Carter. As first lady of the state for a dozen years (1979-1981, 1983-1992), she chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Legal Services and the Children’s Defense Fund (biography.com, 2016).
So with years of servicing the severely underprivileged, why is she now the candidate seen to be for the elite. This title was given for taking the same funding that many democratic presidential candidates have taken in the past? Why do we ask certain questions of her? Why did she stay with him? Does she even love him or is all about her career? (We all know HIM, Mr. Bill Clinton.) These are a few of the questions asked of presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Questions asked notions concluded while others just claim that she is just plain unlikeable…but why? It dare be not said, but if she were a man would we love to hate her so much? Would we ask such personal questions of her and question every move that she makes? In a world where men make comments such as Donald Trump, a formidable presidential candidate, toward Megyn Kelly, insinuating that her anger for him arises from her womanly functions. Can we somewhat assume that the momentum of resistance maybe for the mere fact that Hillary Clinton is a…woman. Now some might say that many women have turned their presidential hopes to a man, Bernie Sanders, overlooking the fact of sex, but more led by their moral convictions. To that, I say do you remember how we felt about Marcia Clark, the type-A “unlikable” B****, that was there to hang O.J. To that, after looking past the media’s assault on Ms. Clark, many can now recognize the blatant sexism placed upon this woman. Could this be the same media assault that is being misplaced on Mrs. Clinton?
Ask yourself, if Hillary Clinton were a man, would the world seem to LOVE to HATE?
Written by : Sabreen Shabazz-Straker, Contributing Writer, The Modern Domestic