Clinton is good to speak up on this issue early….
The issue of a woman in the American White House is SURE to become important in the next few years before the 2016 Presidential Election…..
“[Fighting] to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Clinton writes in “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink.” “It isn’t some luxury that we only get to when we have time on our hands. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in — and the country we all love and cherish — will not be what it should be.”
Clinton’s essay is part of the book’s broader examination of working women and the economic challenges many confront, a cause she champions in many of her public appearances.
“I think of the extraordinary sacrifices my mother made to survive her own difficult childhood, to give me not only life but also opportunity, along with love and inspiration,” Clinton writes. “I’m very proud of my own daughter, and I look at all these young women I’ve been privileged to work with or know through [daughter] Chelsea, and it’s hard to imagine turning the clock back on them. But in places throughout America large and small, the clock is turning back.”
Clinton points to a wide range of issues, from pay equity to work-family balance to life expectancy, as areas where women in the United States still face problems, though she also nods to gains in “business, academia, government—you name it.”
Contributors include pop star Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and basketball star LeBron James.
Some Highlights from a CNN piece dated October 25, 2013…..
The Gender Gap, 1964-2008
8 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which a larger percentage of eligible women have voted than eligible men, back to 1980.
12 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which the number of female voters has been greater than the number of male voters, back to 1964.
5 — The number of consecutive presidential elections in which the majority of women have voted for the Democratic candidate, from 1992 to 2008.
2 — The number of times since 1980 in which the majority of men have voted for the Democratic candidate, in 1992 and 2008.
The 2008 Election
65.7% – The percentage of eligible female voters who voted in the 2008 election.
61.5% – The percentage of eligible male voters who voted in the 2008 election.
70.4 million — The number of women who cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election, versus 60.7 million men.
56% – The percentage of female voters who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, versus 43% for John McCain.
70% – The percentage of single female voters who voted for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008.
597,000 — The number by which female voters in Florida outvoted males in the 2008 election, the largest gap in the swing states.
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