Why Women are the Focus of the 2016 Election
Posted on October 20, 2016
Meet Ruline Steininger – born on
April 14, 1913, she is now 103 years old. When Ruline was born, women did not
have the right to vote. It wasn’t until Ruline was 7 years old that this
changed. In 1920, the United States amended the Constitution to grant
women the right to vote.
For the first time in her 103
years of life, Ruline is excited to go to the polls. She is thrilled to be casting
her vote for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to ever be nominated by a major
party. Ruline believes that Clinton will win the 2016 election.
This election isn’t a big deal just
for Ruline—it’s monumental for women everywhere. Women have come a long way
since 1920; they transformed from having silent voices to being the majority
vote in America.
The Past: Women Rise to Vote
Women have long struggled to gain
suffrage – their fight for the right to vote dates as far back as the Civil
War. It was generally thought that women did not need to be involved in
politics. Society felt that women didn’t need the right to vote since their
husbands would represent them.
They couldn’t have been more
wrong. Nationwide, women voiced their disapproval and the battle for women’s
suffrage began. Despite unsuccessful efforts to persuade Congress, they
persevered and the battle grew prominent in the 19th century.
In 1920, the 19th amendment
was approved in response to the tremendous effort and support women provided
during World War I. The addition of this amendment to the Constitution was
an incredible milestone for women—women were now recognized for the role they play
The Present: Why More Women Vote than Men
Recent history shows that women
have exercised their right to vote more often than men. According to Washington
Post, data illustrated that in 2012, 63.7% of all women voted. In contrast,
only 59.8% of all men voted. This data suggests that the overall voter turnout
for women is higher than men. There are 2 main theories for this:
are more likely to rely on government assistance. Women make up a
larger percentage of those living in poverty. This means that women more often
rely on government aid such as WIC, EBT, and food stamps. For this reason,
women who depend on such aid have a higher probability to vote.
are more likely to be the primary caregiver. Women have a higher
likelihood of providing care to elders, children, or the disabled. As a result,
women spend more time interacting with government regulated employees. This
includes their children’s teachers, seniors’ homecare workers, and family health
The Future: Women’s 2016 Election Choice
The 2016 election is here. Donald
Trump and Hillary Clinton are going out of their way to earn the vote of women
everywhere. Here’s a breakdown of why women support one candidate over the
female president. Many women appreciate the idea of having the United
States’ first female president. This is where a large portion of Clinton’s
women supporters are coming from. They appreciate that Clinton can empathize
with a woman’s trials and tribulations.
- Experience. Women
nationwide support Hillary Clinton as her past experiences have made her a
qualified candidate for the Presidency. Such experiences include having been
the first lady and worked in the office as Secretary of State.
support. President Obama recently made a statement declaring his full
support for Clinton. Women who endorsed Obama for President are now showing
that same support for Clinton.
party. A majority of Trump’s women supporters are also Republican
party supporters. They support Trump solely for the reason that they don’t
support the Democratic party. These women are loyal to the party and want to
see a Republican president in the office.
direction. Women who plan to vote for Trump are expressing how they
are proud of taking a different direction from the norm. They feel that
just because they are women doesn’t mean they must support Clinton. There are
floods of posts on Twitter from Trump’s women supporters who use the hashtag
- Authenticity. Despite
comments that Trump has recently made about women, his women supporters are
willing to look past his remarks. They believe that although he may not be the
most likeable candidate, he is true to himself. They believe that he will be true to the American
people, unlike Clinton.
Women have made great strides in
their fight to gain voter rights. For the first time ever in America, women have
the ability to vote for the first female president. The significance of this event is shown in Ruline’s
excitement to vote for Clinton. In her lifetime, Ruline has seen women make a
huge leap forward in their political role. Her story inspires all women to take
advantage of their right to vote.
Whether you are a woman who
supports Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, you can make an impact now more than
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