I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect

Hillary Clinton paradox, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, booksHillary Clinton lost the White House in 2008 because we demanded perfection from a female candidate – hopefully we’re better than that now. Can she trump the “perfection myth” for all of us?

Now that Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox is officially out in the book stores and online, and since many of the essayists are regular contributors here at The Broad Side, we thought we’d give our readers little bites of the essays through the month of November. If you like what you’re reading here from your favorite – or new – writers, please consider supporting us by purchasing a copy. Believe us, whether you ‘love Hillary or love her not’, there is plenty of thoughtful, fun and interesting writing here you won’t want to miss.

Today, an appetizer from my essay, I Don’t Need Hillary Clinton to Be Perfect, that was excerpted at US News & World Report:

I confess that in 2008 I didn’t think we were a country that was ready for a woman president. Oh, how I wanted us to be! The 1970s feminist in me – the one who was schooled about uber-conservative Phyllis Schlafly’s political efforts to keep women in the home, the possibility of an Equal Rights Amendment, and the “women’s lib” expectations that I would, of course, see a woman president in my lifetime – assumed that in the twenty-first century things finally were changing. In 2008, how could it not be time for the United States finally to join that club?

While polls showed that America was statistically on board with the idea of a woman president eight years ago, the worry in my gut knew that women like Hillary often weren’t taken seriously in the world of old (and new) boys’ networks and that there were still too many gendered ideas about how women should be that held us all back, Hillary included, from what we could be. Sadly, my gut correctly predicted that the 2008 election cycle wasn’t going to be the Year of the Woman President in America; it took me longer to figure out why.

Hillary fell short because she wasn’t perfect.

Read the rest at U.S. News & World Report!

To read more of Joanne’s essay and 27 others, pick up a copy of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an Amazon #1 New Release, from your local bookstore or preferred online bookseller. #hillaryparadoxbook

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