Conservatives rage against Hillary for a variety of stated reasons: her emails, her imagined gun-grabbing agenda, her supposed corruption, and the debunked ‘Benghazi’ scandal. But when you question these outraged conservatives further, it becomes plainly obvious that there is something else driving their hatred.
Political differences aside, what distinguishes Hillary above all else from her opponent is that she is a woman, and sadly America has a multi-century history of sexism and misogyny. For most of our country’s history, women were not allowed to vote, were barred from most professions, were denied the honor and privilege of serving in the military, and were expected to live in oppressive patriarchal marriages while their husbands enjoyed exciting and fulfilling careers. For many regressive right wingers in America, the movement to liberate women has been unwelcome, and has left many with a secret vitriolic hatred for successful women. The sad truth is, a large portion of the American population is simply not ready to see a woman as president, especially after they were forced to swallow the bitter pill of accepting our first African American president.
After decades of hard work by feminists, it’s appalling that the gender pay gap is still so severe, and that women still struggle to make it into male dominated professions such as engineering and construction. With gender inequality still so dire in America, breaking through the ultimate glass ceiling of the Presidency seems like a mammoth task. But Hillary is not one to give up easily. Through sheer determination and iron will, Hillary has deflected the many lies and smear attempts hurled at her by the Trump Campaign, Russia, and the alternative media, and she is now leading by double digits in many accredited polls.
Although it may seem that women’s rights have progressed in America, sadly many segments of society have not moved on, and still resent the movement towards gender equality. Hillary’s election will not only be a victory for minorities, undocumented Americans, and the poor – it will also be a giant step forward for women’s rights. This is not to say that men will be in any way excused for their sexism and misogyny, but it will be a historic achievement worth celebrating nonetheless.