The Lid: Hillary Clinton’s Feminist Appeal

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hey Bernie Sanders, are you a feminist?.

The clip released Thursday from actress Lena Dunham’s interview with Hillary Clinton has her asking the Democratic front-runner: “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” To no one’s surprise, Clinton’s answer is yes, and she adds: “I’m always a little bit puzzled when any woman of whatever age, but particularly a young woman, says something like, ‘well, I believe in equal rights but I’m not a feminist.’ Well, a feminist is by definition someone who believes in equal rights.” As it happens, I recently posed the exact question to Clinton’s opponent Sen. In a move seemingly designed to help her connect with millennial women, Hillary Clinton sat down with Girls creator Lena Dunham for an interview to be broadcast in full next Tuesday.Hillary Clinton “absolutely” considers herself a feminist and is baffled by women who buck the label, she told Lena Dunham in a sit-down interview with the “Girls” star. In an effort to reach out to millennial women voters, Hillary Clinton will appear in an interview opposite Girls star Lena Dunham, set to post online Tuesday, POLITICO has learned. I’m hoping that people will not be afraid to say that doesn’t mean you hate men, it doesn’t mean you want to separate out the world, so you’re not a part of ordinary life – that’s not what it means at all!

The already-taped segment also includes comedy sketches filmed at Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters, including a cameo by comedian Amy Schumer. It just means that we believe that women have the same rights as men.” The full interview, which was filmed in Manhattan on 8 September, will be available in the first issue of Lenny Letter, Dunham’s new online newsletter. Described as an “email newsletter where there’s no such thing as too much information”, Lenny Letter will be published to subscribers on 29 September.

Dunham – the writer and star of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Girls – is an ardent Clinton fan, and often posts pictures on her Instagram account to show her support of the Democratic frontrunner. But I also would hope that, in these enormously difficult times, where it is absolutely imperative that we stand up to the billionaire class, bring our people together, to fight for a progressive agenda, that all people—women—look at that candidate who has the record to do that. You’re looking at somebody who’s made a cornerstone, a key part of my campaign, the need for at least three months of family and medical leave; somebody who is fighting to raise the minimum wage over a two year period to $15 an hour, which will benefit everybody, but women actually more than men; somebody who regards it as enormously important that we fight for pay equity for women; somebody who believes that our child care system is a disaster today and that we need to have the best childcare/pre-K system in the world, making it universal and affordable. So I think if people look at my record, I think they will see somebody who has had a lifelong record of support for the women’s movement and women’s rights.

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