Political parties are petty

Voters need to be mindful of expertise, not gender


Illustration by Joseph Weeden

Hillary Clinton is a Democratic bid for the presidency.

By Nicole Ruse, Editor-in-Chief

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, is basing the premise of her presidential campaign on America being a country of hard-working values and middle-class support.

“Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion,” Clinton said. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”

Furthermore, Clinton came forward recently saying it’s everyone’s constitutional right to marriage, regardless of sexual orientation.

“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” said Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, in a statement.

As I was able to search on the Internet these recent events about Clinton, I already have a preconceived idea about who she is and her presidential bid.

However, many young voters aren’t so willing to search her. If they do, the top results aren’t too promising.

Many young adults claim they are planning on voting for Clinton because she’s a woman, not her past successes and political positions.

Clinton being a woman president, whether she wins or not, will forever be linked to her, regardless of her knowledge and past experience in the political spectrum.

A co worker said she deleted an acquaintance off Facebook because they said the reason they are voting for Clinton is because she’s a woman and feel America needs a woman in the White House.

The discussion as to why people vote for a presidential nomination on their gender and race is a long one.

However, if Clinton wins the nomination, and ultimately the President’s chair, what can these voters expect, or ignorantly deem righteous to ask of Clinton, if they didn’t vote for her on her expertise?

According to CNN’s Jennifer Lawless, “A win would mean a woman in the White House, which is a vital step in the march toward women’s full political inclusion. But it’s possible that the march will end right there. We’ll break our arms patting ourselves on the back for how far we’ve come.”

Voters will unknowingly be judgemental on the idea that because of Clinton’s gender identity, she must be willing to fight for the betterment and equality of women in regards to the pay gap, college education, birth control and sexual assault.

Putting these issues on Clinton because of her gender is wrong and ignorant to assume. This strictly starts to become women’s issues versus being what is all of society’s issues.

Lawless said “Pay inequities, sexual assault and human trafficking will persist as challenges that no one person can solve, no matter how hard Clinton might try. ‘But we’ve elected a woman as president,’ we’ll say. Let her take care of it.”

Voting for a candidate based on their gender rather than their political ability is worse than not voting at all.

Clinton has a heavy load to carry through this campaign as a female bid. Gender stereotypes, derogatory menopause comments and familial dissection are among us.