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June 6th, 2008
08:35 PM ET

Clinton started a new political movement

Marie C. Wilson says America's women are empowered but are not in power.

Marie C. Wilson says America's women are empowered but are not in power.

Marie C. Wilson
Founder and president, White House Project

Respect is a powerful word for women, probably because it's something most of us get far too little of. In a nutshell, that's why Sen. Clinton's fighting stance these past few months has touched a gender chord that has resonated with women everywhere.

Across demographics, women clearly want to see someone fight for their right to be respected. And you didn't have to listen hard to hear Clinton demanding just that for her supporters Tuesday night.

Respect: Forty years after Aretha Franklin scored a hit by demanding it, women are still searching for it, and the undermining role sexism played in this campaign has left many feeling its lack in Clinton's race to the top.

A just-released Pew Research Center poll found that nearly 40 percent of Clinton's female supporters believe that her gender hurt her candidacy.

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  1. Jose

    The outcome of the 2008 democratic nomination for president was the dictate of the white influential leaders of the democrats [ WILD for short ]. These leaders who made endorsements of Sen. Hillary's opponent are more prepared to loss the party's chances of winning the 2008 presidential election rather than seeing her and her husband become the first woman and first couple presidents of the U.S. While the WILD failed to knock her down with the strategy of a united black vote and an undivided white vote they finally succeeded in influencing the DNC in the apportionment of delegates in the state of Florida and Michigan and the muscling of the superdelegates in favor of her opponent to clinch the party's presidential nomination.

    June 9, 2008 at 2:55 am |
  2. Esteban, Daly City, CA

    It took a whole minute to think it over and I HAVE NOT CHANGED MY MIND. No way Jose I will vote for that racist bigot who energized his campaign by playing the race card over and over.

    Hillary supporters will be shooting themselves in the leg if they support the man that encourage his supporters to trash you every single night on the blogs. Even now, you can read how some comments on this blog that are extremely critical of HRC and Bill who in my opinion was one of the best presidents in recent history. And to see all the blacks who benefited the most from his policies now are stabbing him in the back is quite pathetic.

    Are we to trust control of thje Nation to someone who views the rest of us as the enemy?

    June 9, 2008 at 2:11 am |
  3. Esteban, Daly City, CA

    It was not just gender, it was the DNC, the media and even the GOP because they knew that HRC is by far the best option for America.

    The wounds from the DNC's betrayal will not heal for many voters like myself who lost all respect and loyalty for the Party. As a matter of fact, I am now a registered Independent and for the first time I will not vote for the Dem Candidate. I am voting for McCain because I can't trust Obama no matter if Hillary has now decided to sell hear dignity for a cabinet position after all the things Obama and his supporters have done to her and her famlily's reputation. If this is the candidate of hope and Unity, let me tell you is not working with me.

    Go McCain

    June 9, 2008 at 1:54 am |
  4. cassandra lovejoy

    I do agree that Ms. Clinton engaged some bias due to her gender in this race. She also received many concessions and gentle handling as a woman ,and a expected front runner in this race. It is equally true that Mr. Obama received bias as a black man in this race; and it is my opinion that he received more intense criticism from the media. Ms. Clinton played hard muddy politics when things got rough. If Mr. Obama even responded, though his response was usually in a " no politics as usual ,non slander manner, he was placed in the same catagory as her. It was like a mother finding her children arguing, and though she knows who was the instigator, who just knocked the other up side the head, she will lump the two together and say " we don't want to fight that way." Now the cry is gender bias influenced the outcome of this race for Hilliary. yet Obama did not shout race bias when states that were heavenly inhabited by those older female (and male ) whites that were the sons and daughters of those standing at the doors saying no blacks allowed over whelmingly voted for hillary. Yes she dealt with bias, but the bias he dealt with had a double blinder on it. It seems to be blind to her shortcomings because she's a white female, and blind to the hinderances he must fight because of his color. I'm sad to say as a woman, I believe Hillary in her defience is behaving like a spoiled baby. As a black women I am proud of Obama. For he has the fortutide installed by our decendants, when they are black, or black and white which says you must fight the good fight, do more, be better, and don't cry.

    June 9, 2008 at 12:39 am |
  5. WIlliam A

    Somebody stated race didn't hurt Obama's campaign. A very true statement. Race aided Obama's campaign every step of the way. The Media handled him like a fine piece of China in case they might be accused of racist reporting. Obama's past associations didn't hurt his Campaign either, as the Media didn't dare bring up that subject.

    Obama had an Easy Ride. But it is going to end now. The Republicans will attack him with vengence. His past and a biased Media will soon be the present that will end his hopes and dreams for the future and put McCain in the White House. This will not be a time of celebration for Democrats but a time of unending Regret.

    June 8, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
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