Perhaps some of them just don’t know any better as 62% percent of white women who never graduated from college voted for the man. But white women with college degrees voted for him in a remarkable block of 45%.
How in the world could so many women (and their supportive men) fail to seize this historic moment and smash that notorious glass-ceiling for good? I believe there are two reasons.
- The Glass Ceiling.
The two are inextricably linked. Let’s start with the candidate herself.
- These women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to be, as NYTs columnist William Safire referred to her way back in 1996, a congenital liar. They know she’s only gotten more congenital since.
- These women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to occupy the Oval Office under FBI investigation and possibly indicted while there.
- These women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to be a unabashed political conniver, evaluating each word, every movement, every decision of her adult life with lazer-like political and financial deliberation.
- These women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to be someone whose whole career exists solely because of her husband’s.
- These women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to be a woman who clung to her man; humiliated for decades by his infinite infidelities solely for political opportunism. She her slept her way to the top by proxy.
- These women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to be a woman who was not only complicit in her husband’s infidelities but carefully destroyed the reputations of every victim of her husband’s free-range sex drive who dared to speak out.
- Finally, these women didn’t want our nation’s first female president to be a person who thought it was hers by right. They refused to play along.
Which brings us to the Glass Ceiling thing.
These women didn’t buy into the campaign’s whole liberation narrative and in a BIG way. The symbolism of the glass ceiling not only hollow to them, but actually offensive. “How dare you tell me I’m anti-woman if I don’t vote for Hillary” they said with their votes. They were well smart enough to distinguish between whether this was really about the advancement of women or just one woman.
When our nation elects its first female president, it will not be because she’s a woman. It will be because she’s a proven leader, one that can inspire the nation and confident enough not to feel the need to remind voters how significant she is because she is a woman.
These women took the election of our nation’s first female president very seriously, serious enough to reject the first candidate and wait until a later day. While this month’s election was a resounding repudiation of smug elite culture, it was also a repudiation of a smug feminist elite that talks down to women. Many women are too smart for that and reject it.
They didn’t miss that Hillary is a woman. They simply understood she wasn’t the woman. So much so, that they chose to vote for the kind of man the other candidate is, did so with both eyes wide open and did it soberly.
That is no small statement about the kind of woman they understand Hillary to be.