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Women, politics and sexism in the media

When then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) ended her presidential campaign in 2008, she told the audience:
Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it...

Perhaps, but those cracks came alongside wisecracks from a variety of media personalities. The following is a collection of instances where analysis by media personalities veered away from female candidates' policies and toward their gender. Some mentions are more subtle than others, and nearly all center around either Clinton or former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R). If you know of other instances, leave them in the comments below.

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Okay, here's Obama, the feminist, on Hillary Clinton in February, 2008:

"You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out," Obama said.

"I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she's feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal."

Posted by: MaBelle1 | September 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The comments posted by mark0004 are exactly why studies like this need to be done. The issue needs to be written about, the public educated about it and we need to demand that it stop.

Another way to stop it is to support Emily's List. Emily's List trains, supports and raises funds for the campaigns of pro-choice women candidates. I've come to believe that nothing will change for women and families until we have equal representation in high public office, including the office of President.

Posted by: caroll1 | September 1, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

These bimbos need to quit whinning. Tens of thousands of our young boys have given their lives so these idiots can complain about this "inequality"....unbelievable, they haven't sacrificed for this country...

Posted by: mark0004 | September 1, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on The President Obama blog where is The President Obama comment on this pressing issue?

Useless teabaggers teabagging the internet with this filth instead of upholding Our President.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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