What’s Current: Is Bernie Sanders more progressive than Hillary Clinton when it comes to women’s rights?

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Hillary Clinton is contending for the position of first female president of the United States. However, Alicia Yu argues that Bernie Sanders may have a more progressive stance toward women’s issues in nine distinct ways. 

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“I encourage all millennial women to stand proudly on the platform and share their voices in the best way they know how—and to support others that do the same. We have to be diligent, we have to be willing to take risks, we have to be willing to celebrate one another and accept the challenges we face individually and collectively.”

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Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.

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  • Zhompo

    Bernie won’t achieve anything even if he were President, so most things he says he’ll do (except little on gun reform) is like a showjumper saying they’ll win a showjumping tournament with a unicorn. Most of the things on that list Hillary has been talking about for decades. The difference is she can actually achieve change and has proven it.

    The press has shown a consistent bias against Hillary, publishing article after article pushing an untenable candidate in Bernie Sanders to the expense of the credible one that can win, and I would argue, it’s partly because she’s a woman. The same way they won’t stop giving the Republicans oxygen on the long dead Benghazi issue.

    • Tesla Livia

      From Yu: “In fact, here are nine things he has promised women if he were elected president.”

      Yeah. Because if there’s one thing I’ve found I can rely on as solid, it’s a bunch of promises made by a man of how he will help me in the future after he gets what he wants from me.

      Also, 2 reasons Sanders can make all sorts of pro-women promises about policies , where Clinton would tend to be cautious and circumspect, regardless of how hard she plans to fight for women if she becomes president:

      1. Sanders isn’t the Democratic front runner, or expected to be long term. He has nothing to lose and more to gain by distinguishing himself with big, bold promises.

      2. Sanders is a man. A man promising change for women is likely less threatening to male voters, than a woman candidate promising the same. Partly because a woman in power is a scary idea all on its own, and a powerful prowoman-woman is downright terrifying, and also because Sanders is probably more likely to be perceived by men as overpromising and underdelivering on prowoman policies, whereas the reverse might be suspected of Clinton. (Yeah, sure she’s not *saying* she’s going to turn the USA into a feminazi state, but once she’s in the oval office, men and boys will overnight find themselves being treated, as they have always treated women and girls! This we cannot allow!)

      • tinfoil hattie

        Not to mention: this clever article boasting about “nine ways” does not say “Here are nine things Bernie will do that Hillary won’t do.”
        Not voting for a man if there’s a reasonable woman to vote for instead.

      • lagattamontral

        Margaret Thatcher was biologically a woman as well, and caused great harm to women who weren’t of the 1%.

        • Tesla Livia

          Hi Lagatta, I’m not suggesting that a woman candidate is always more pro-woman than any male she runs against, or that women should vote for women candidates just because they are women. I am suggesting that women in public life – and especially pro-women women – have a more difficult time navigating others’ perceptions of them (particularly misogynist others, men or women).

  • tinfoil hattie

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. So has Hillary Clinton. Big freaking deal. Sanders is clue-free. Like every white male who talks a good talk but has no fucking idea what it’s like to be a woman. None.

    • lagattamontral

      He doesn’t claim to. But he is a rare politician who acknowledges CLASS, as well as sexist and racial discrimination. Clinton is a spokesperson for the corporate élite, and for imperialist policies that are very harmful to women in the Global South.

  • Marilynn

    I just want to point out how during the debate Hillary was asked “who is your biggest enemy?”. She said the drug companies. Drug companies have been robbing women since their existence. The only problem with her answer is that big pharmaceutical companies have donated more money to her campaign than any other candidate-democrat or republican. That just seems so weird to me and like a definite conflict of interest.

  • Marilynn

    Radical feminism has always been anti-capitalism. Bernie is a socialist, Hillary is a capitalist.