Madeleine Albright: Special Place in Hell for Women Who Don't Help Hillary

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

Sanders and Clinton take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook in 2015. Joe Raedle Getty Images

Just as there are clear differences on the issues between Carly Fiorna and Hillary Clinton, there are clear differences on the issues between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. "For me, it's emotional", said state Rep. Ruth Balser of Newton, who was part of the Massahusetts canvassing contingent.

While introducing Clinton at a New Hampshire rally Saturday, Albright, who was appointed to the highest office in the State Department by former president Bill Clinton, told young women in the crowd they "have to help" women and Clinton especially "climb the ladder" to the presidency.

Steinem said she "misspoke" when she made the comment on Real Time with Bill Maher after being asked why she thought Clinton wasn't doing better with young women. In her post, Steinem said she had been "misinterpreted" and had also pointed out instances of a vigorous strain of feminism among today's young women.

"Whether they gravitate to Bernie [Sanders] or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before", wrote Steinem, one of the modern feminist movement's leading voices.

"It will be impossible for us not to have a woman president", she said. "It's not done. There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other!" And she scolded any woman who felt otherwise. "There's lots of different ways to be a feminist", said IUSB Women's and Gender Studies Professor, April Lidinsky.

Sanders has denounced and distanced himself from the online misogyny of a group who have come to be known as "Bernie bros".

Clinton led Sanders 70 percent to 21 percent among African American, Hispanic and other non-white women who were likely to vote for a Democrat, according to combined polls in January and February.

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The backlash to Steinem's comments was swift, so she took to Facebook with an apology and clarification. If women like Wasserman Schultz, Steinem, and Albright aren't careful, the Democratic Party risks losing the confidence and support of young women who are rightly concerned that their priorities and contributions are going unnoticed.

In 2008, Clinton largely carried the women's vote in states she won and lost the women's vote in states she didn't.

This time around, she is confident Clinton will win. The music at her rallies often rings of women's empowerment, and she frequently discusses the meaning of being a grandmother. Between the bombast of Mr. Trump and the purloined e-mails and Benghazi issues of Ms. Clinton, it has become too easy to slip into the political gutter. Supreme Court justices. We have the right to rule our own reproductive lives.

Cognizant of the challenge, the Clinton campaign has sought in recent days here to address the problem, tweaking her speeches to put a focus on Clinton as an advocate for women. What I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what's happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. You, the women of America, owe it to Hillary to make sure she wins. The motivation could be frustration from waiting so long for a female president.

 

Still, Jaimee Warbasse said she was unsure that she would support Clinton, as she also found Sanders appealing.

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