Rachel, 29
Special Education Teacher
Colorado

I doubt that any of us can really know the true personalities of any celebrity or politician, but the general consensus seems to be that many do not like Hillary Clinton's personality because it doesn’t fit our idea of how a likable woman should be. Is it possible for a woman in power to have a personality that is likable? It doesn't seem like the larger population thinks so. 


This election has made me question my own biases toward women in power, and how I view other women in general. I think women in the United States are bred, in a lot of ways, to criticize one another and view each other as competition, not as comrades. Recognizing this mindset has changed me radically in the way that I conduct myself in the workplace. 


I have always chosen being liked over making my voice heard. I work in special education, and my voice is incredibly important in advocating for my students and teaching them to do the same. Some of my opinions are not well liked but I am feeling more empowered to share them, respectfully. 


Speaking out in favor of Hillary means addressing a lot of societal biases that exist for all women, though particularly for women in power. This means being a feminist. I think many people balk at that term. It suggests a certain type of woman that is not likable in many ways. 


Who would want to be associated with a word that makes you unlikable?


I once felt very similar in being labeled a feminist. It wasn't until I got a better understanding of the term and what it means for not only women but society in general that I began to feel comfortable, even proud of the label.

Be a feminist. Read about it, think about it, talk about it, but do not be afraid of it. Be a proud feminist. 

 

I think most politicians are full of it to some extent — it's part of the game we play, however, Hillary is asked to wear so many different faces to make the general population comfortable with her, and then she is called a phony for it. 


Some of our grandmothers were born in a time when women couldn't even vote, let alone be considered President of the United States. That is pretty powerful.