Hillary Clinton Has Every Right To Play The ‘Gender Card,’ And She Should

It’s no secret that male politicians have the biggest egos in the United States. They strut around Congress acting like the world would fall apart if it wasn’t for them. The world saw just how fragile these egos are, however, when the government shut down in 2013. These men, led by John Boehner (R-OH), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), showed us all who they really are: giant man babies who throw a temper tantrum when they don’t get their way. Yet no one questions them in their gender capacity because that’s just the status quo.

A recent study showed that when the women of the Senate take matters into their own hands, business gets done quicker and more efficiently. The study, conducted by The Quorum, said the women of the Senate “not only work more frequently with each other but also work more frequently across the aisle, passing more legislation in the Senate than their male colleagues.”

Imagine how much stuff would get done if we had a female Speaker, President and Senate Majority Leader.

Mitch McConnell, one of the man-babies I described earlier, says Hillary Clinton can’t play the “gender card” in this election. More specifically, she can’t sail on it to victory.

Says who? A seventy-three year old man who is notorious for sexist comments against Clinton? If anything, she should not only play the gender card, she should embrace it. When women get stuff done, it’s an asset to the country and it benefits everyone. Why run from that? What is there to be ashamed of?

And the question I want to ask McConnell is this: what constitutes the “gender card?” Caring about women’s health services? Wanting women to be paid like the breadwinners that they are? Combatting the epidemic of sexual assault in our military? Or how about maternity leave – so a woman doesn’t have to choose between work and her child?

If that’s the “gender card,” we should all be playing it – man or woman.

Clinton’s response to McConnell’s asinine statement, in a Facebook Q&A session in Iowa, was perfect:

“Wow. If that’s what he said, Mitch McConnell really doesn’t get it. There is a gender card being played in this campaign. It’s played every time Republicans vote against giving women equal pay, deny families access to affordable child care or family leave, refuse to let women make decisions about their health or have access to free contraception.”

When responding to the Huffington Post, Clinton said:

“These aren’t just women’s issues, they are economic issues that drive growth and affect all Americans. Anyone who doesn’t get that doesn’t understand what our lives are like.”

Just eight years ago, when running for president the first time, Clinton ran away from the gender card. She couldn’t distance herself enough from being a woman. This time, embracing her feminism and womanhood is crucial to her electability – the female vote will be one of the decision makers in this election, and women tend to vote Democrat (I wonder why).

Over 85 percent of voters believe the country is ready to elect a woman president. Is 85 percent of the country playing the “gender card?”

Hillary Clinton may not be the apple of the Democratic Party’s eye anymore, but no Democrat (nor any rational thinking person) would tell her she couldn’t play the “gender card.” She’s a woman, and a tough one at that. She’s also a mother, wife and a self described doting grandmother.

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