As you most likely know, Hillary Clinton has become the first ever female nominee to be President of the United States of America for any major political party
Like expected, this has sparked controversy within the political world. Earlier this year, some journalists have even claimed that in this year’s election if only women voted, Clinton would have a significant lead, and if only men voted Trump would have a significant lead. If these claims were true in the given scenarios, it shows that gender could have played some sort of role in the election.
What really interested me about this election is how it seems that Americans are making a bigger issue about a female president than they did about a black male president.
At the time of Obama’s first election, Americans were buzzing about the color of his skin, and at one point, even Donald Trump claimed that Obama was born outside of the United States. However, people seemed to take it a step further with Hillary Clinton being a woman running for president.
For example, throughout the election, President-elect Donald Trump disrespected women numerous times, causing some women to adhere to Clinton. Trump had a reputation during and before the election of saying things like women are essentially aesthetically pleasing objects, sexual assault in the military is totally expected and that a woman should probably be attractive to be a journalist.
He also said that actress Rosie O’Donnell is crude, rude, obnoxious, and dumb, and, my personal favorite was when insulted Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly by saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”. This just further shows how Trump disrespects women and how unfit he is to rule our great country.
Even though research shows that gender stereotypes are not determinative in how voters cast their ballots, traditional gender roles can often shape the ways in which candidates campaign, so much so that the apparent gender neutrality at the ballot box is by design.
Candidates play the “gender card” to meet voters expectations. One of the Trump campaign’s goals was to position himself as the candidate most fit to meet the expectations of authentic masculinity, saying, “Hillary Clinton does the have the fortitude, strength, or stamina to lead in our world”.
On election day, Donald Trump was able to swing the vote of men using that campaign strategy and unlike the journalists’ claims mentioned above, Trump was also able to get the vote of some women. When president-elect Trump goes into office next January, we will once again see how gender can come into play ever after the election.