The fact that Hillary Clinton was the first woman to clinch the Democratic Nomination is a historical mark for the United States. However, Hillary Clinton has a history of supporting policies that contradict her seemingly feminist ideology. This is a woman who argues that she is a champion for women. Hillary Clinton negates that claim by paying her campaign staff of women less than men, accepting money from countries that are known for human rights issues through The Clinton Foundation, and silencing sexual assault victims. She does not practice what she preaches and female voters need to realize what she truly supports.

 

Unequal Pay

During her tenure in the U.S. Senate, Clinton paid women in her office 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to the Washington Free Beacon. From the years 2002 to 2008, the median annual salary for women was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for the men working in her office. If Hillary actually cared about the wage gap, then she would have paid her staff equally.  Equal work forequal pay seems to be easier said than done, especially in the eyes of Hillary.

The Clinton Foundation

The stated intent of The Clinton Foundation is to advance and unlock human potential. This organization works with a wide array of issues in the world.  This includes programs to create economic opportunities for young women. While this is very noble, the contradiction is clear. If Hillary is truly a feminist, why would the Clinton Foundation accept money from Middle Eastern countries? And doing so while making no demands to remedy the inequality toward women in countries in the Middle East?

According to Amy Chozick from the New York Times, The Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Algeria.  What do these places have in common? The State Department has held responsible for sex discrimination as well as human rights concerns.  

Silencing Sexual Assault Victims

Last September, Clinton delivered a speech at the University of Iowa regarding the issue of sexual assault.  She said, “Don’t let anyone silence your voice, you have the right to be heard, the right be believed, and we are with you as you go forward.” This statement would sound very noble, if it did not directly involve her past.

In 1975, Hillary was faced with her first criminal defense case in which a 12-year old woman was raped. According to the Daily Beast, the woman accused Clinton of “dishonest tactics and in order to get her attacker off with a light sentence.” The victim also mentioned that Clinton lied about her court documents.  She even tried to discredit evidence of the rape.

Furthermore, she ignores Bill Clinton’s sexual assault victims. Kathleen Willey, a victim of Bill Clinton wrote a letter to CNN Reporter Chris Cuomo stating, “This is about Bill Clinton’s multiple sexual assaults and rapes…and Hillary Clinton’s threatening, bullying, intimidating and terrorizing all of the women who have suffered at his hands.”  This emphasizes the history of the Clintons. In the world of Hillary, it is a one-way street.  The same standards to not apply to her.

This woman claims to be a true “feminist,” but these three examples prove otherwise. When deciding which candidate deserves your vote, please make sure the candidate you choose truly practices what they preach.  Don’t fall into the trap of voting for the person who plays the political card in order to buy votes. Ultimately, the most concerning question remains.  How long it will take for Hillary to be held accountable for her false claims and underhandedness?

Lucy E
FFL Contributor
When I am not eating Jif Peanut Butter or talking to others about politics you can find me with my nose in a good book or trying to finish One Tree Hill. America is the best country in the world and red, white, and blue is one of the best color combos known to (wo)man.

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