Feminism is not about following women blindly

Earlier today, I heard that Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright said some pretty awful things about women who were voting for Bernie Sanders, or as they seemed to think, against Hillary Clinton. Gloria Steinem has since retracted her statement, but Madeline Alright, as far as I can tell, has not. Therefore, here are my thoughts on what the first woman Secretary of State said about other women, in a letter.

Dear Madeline Albright,

I heard your speech about how young woman should be voting for Hilary Clinton and not Bernie Sanders because Hilary is a woman. That “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

I think this is wrong. What you are saying is that we should vote for someone just because they are the right gender. But what about the issues? What about equality? For me, voting for Hillary Clinton does not mean voting for equality.

As thinking individuals, we must take the time to look at the candidates and vote for the person we feel is best for us and for our Nation. Voting for Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman is does not advance women.

If you take gender, race, and party affiliation out of the political equation, you leave what really matters: You leave the bills the politicians voted for and the people they fight for. Those two things are far more important to me than mere gender. In order for the United States to move forward as a country, we must put aside gender and race and look at the issues our future president will fight for.

This means, for me and many, many women and men, young and old, that come Election Day we will be voting for Bernie Sanders, as he fits our ideals better. He has fought for what we believe in for many years.

You are an inspiration to many women, Madeline Albright, but please do not confuse our preference of Bernie Sanders as being against a woman. Our preference of Bernie Sanders has to do with what you have advocated: We thought for ourselves, looked at the issues and decided based on intelligence, not gender. Isn’t equality about ignoring gender and finding the best person for the job?

Thank You,

Cat Stark


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