FROM 1937 TO HILLARY CLINTON, HOW AMERICANS HAVE FELT ABOUT A WOMAN PRESIDENT

Courtesy Clare Malone, fivethirtyeight.com, June 9, 2016

In January of 1937, the Gallup Poll, then in its second year of existence, posed this question: “Would you vote for a woman for president if she was qualified in every other respect?”

Sixty-four percent of Americans said no, 33 percent said yes, and 3 percent had no opinion on the matter.
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HILLARY CLINTON’S PROBLEM? WE JUST DON’T TRUST WOMEN

Courtesy Jessica Valenti, theguardian.com, September 22, 2016

Blues legend BB King once sang: “Never trust a woman, until she’s dead and buried.” Sadly, it’s a sentiment that sounds just at home in our current political discourse as it does an old song: while this week’s NBC/WSJ poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in general support, voters consider Trump more “honest and straightforward” than Clinton by 10 points.

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PASSING THE BATON?

From the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27 and 28, 2016

(courtesy Reuters)

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THIS MAY SHOCK YOU: HILLARY CLINTON IS FUNDAMENTALLY HONEST

Courtesy Jill Abramson, theguardian.com, March 28, 2016

It’s impossible to miss the “Hillary for Prison” signs at Trump rallies. At one of the Democratic debates, the moderator asked Hillary Clinton whether she would drop out of the race if she were indicted over her private email server. “Oh for goodness sake that is not going to happen,” she said. “I’m not even going to answer that question.”

Based on what I know about the emails, the idea of her being indicted or going to prison is nonsensical. Nonetheless, the belief that Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy is pervasive. A recent New York Times-CBS poll found that 40% of Democrats say she cannot be trusted.
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HOW COOL IS MICHELLE OBAMA!

Courtesy The Late Late Show with James Corden, July 20, 2016

James Corden’s White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in to sing “This Is For My Girls.” �

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GOLF TOUR PROS LOVE DONALD TRUMP BUT LOATHE HILLARY CLINTON, POLL REVEALS

Courtesy Guardian Sport of theguardian.com, May 4, 2016

It’s probably no shock to learn that most US golfers tend to vote Republican;  but the strength of ill feeling towards Hillary Clinton is perhaps more surprising, particularly among the women of the LPGA. Oh, and the game’s greats also like Donald Trump,  and think Tiger Woods will win again.

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DANCING WITH THE PRESIDENT

Courtesy WhiteHouse.Gov, February 22, 2016, by Melanie Garunay

Virginia McLaurin, 106 years old and a longtime Washington, D.C. resident, had always dreamed of visiting the White House. Last week, her dream came true in a big way. Check out the video:

Here’s how Virginia McLaurin got to the White House:
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A friend of Mrs. McLaurin�s reached out to the White House and shared that Mrs. McLaurin has been doing stellar work as a volunteer throughout the D.C. area for decades and would like to visit the White House. So the White House made sure that she not only got to visit�– but also had the chance, before the Black History Month reception, to meet privately with the President and First Lady backstage. It was her dream to meet President Obama, given his passion for investing in early childhood education and his significance as the first African American President.

Virginia McLaurin is a Senior Corps volunteer at Roots Public Charter School as part of the United Planning Organization�s Foster Grandparent Program, serving as a foster grandparent and mentor to special-needs students. As a mentor, she helps children with their reading and social skills.

Virginia has volunteered at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School for over 20 years, serving 40 hours a week. She was introduced to the program by a friend from her church who knew Virginia was interested in finding ways to make life better for those in her community.

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HILLARY SINGS “HALLELUJAH”

Courtesy SNL, November 12, 2016
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Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) performs Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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WHY MUST THE TRUMP ALTERNATIVE BE SELF-SATISFIED, COMPLACENT DEMOCRATS?

Courtesy Thomas Frank, theguardian.com, May 4, 2016

Convinced that the country’s ongoing demographic shifts will bring victory for years to come, the party establishment acts like its candidates need do nothing differently.

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HARVARD TO BAN MEMBERS OF SINGLE-SEX CLUBS FROM STUDENT LEADERSHIP ROLES

Courtesy of Alan Yuhas in theguardian.com, May 7, 2016

Harvard University will bar members of single-sex clubs, fraternities and sororities from fellowships and leadership roles on campus, college president Drew Gilpin Faust announced on Friday, in an effort to prevent sexual discrimination.
“Although the fraternities, sororities and final [single-sex] clubs are not formally recognized by the college,” Faust wrote in an open letter to dean Rakesh Khurana, “they play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values.

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HILLARY and BERNIE REMINISCE

Courtesy SNL, May 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Bernie Sanders (Larry David) reminisce about their time running against each other in the Democratic primary.

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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN CALLS FOR OVERHAUL OF STUDENT LOAN SYSTEM

Courtesy commondreams.org, March 31, 2016, by Nika Knight

“It’s long past time for the Department of Education’s bank to clean up its act and start running the student loan program to benefit students, not private companies,” declared Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as she announced a plan (pdf) for the Department of Education (DOE) to completely overhaul its student loan servicing system.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: THE HIGH PRICE OF BREATHING WHILE POOR

By Donald Cohen, Capital&Main.com, March 22, 2016

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REASONS TO CELEBRATE: KEY PROGRESSIVE GAINS IN 2015

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 by CommonDreams.org
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As the year draws to a close, it’s worth noting a handful of progressive gains that people-power made possible:

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WHY ARE TOP WOMEN POLITICIANS STILL PEPPERED WITH GENDER-SPECIFIC SLURS?

courtesy of Jessica Valenti, theguardian.com, December 28, 2015

 

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There seems to be no end to the number of insults that are tailor-made for women. And for those who decide to run for office, the sexist slams seem to never end. For as long as women have wanted to have a voice in our political process there have been men looking to shut them up with slurs and condescension. And it shows no sign of stopping,  or even slowing.

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