The great divide

Moms and daughters can’t agree on Hillary Clinton, according to report

Guests attend a Women for Hillary event in Washington, November 30, 2015. (Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

The New York Times has taken a deep-dive into the political issue dividing moms and daughters all around America: Hillary Clinton. Many women from the baby boomer generation are supporting Clinton — sometimes largely on the strength of her gender alone. Clinton is vying to be the first woman in U.S. history to be nominated by a major political party to run for president and, of course, the nation’s first woman to be elected to the country’s highest office. But many of the women who are so enthusiastic in their support for Clinton have daughters who are less than impressed with the Democratic frontrunner, and unmotivated by her gender as a reason to vote for her.

As it turns out, such a generation gap has foiled Hillary Clinton’s White House ambitions before. In 2008, Clinton won the support of just 11 percent of women under age 24 who took part in the Iowa caucuses — well behind Barack Obama, who snagged 51 percent, and even John Edwards, who captured 19 percent of those younger women voters. That problem is underscored by the fact that Clinton’s campaign employs a director of women’s outreach for the 2016 race, Mini Timmaraju, who told the Times, “Millennial women are getting more and more involved in this campaign” as they hear more about Clinton’s track record on women’s issues.

Still, many young women, which the Clinton campaign acknowledges are difficult to reach, are unconvinced. Some of the explanations from young women the Times spoke to are a little ambiguous, like the one from 19-year-old Anna Schierenbeck, who said, “I want to see someone who, like, has the fervor to fight for me.” Gender seems to be a non-factor for her in this race as she expects a woman will be elected president “pretty soon.” But other young women gave very specific reasons for why their support lies with someone other than Clinton, which is why her campaign has made great efforts to appeal to younger women in a series of ways.

And despite not resonating with many young women, there are some in the demographic who are deeply supportive. One 21-year-old woman the Times spoke with put it like this: “If you put her in a man’s body, she would still be exactly what I want.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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