‘A special place in hell’

A special place in hell

Maddie Forshee

Hillary Clinton has always rallied for the support of women. The dream of a woman in the White House has never been as close to fruition as it has right now.

But she may have completely messed it up for herself last weekend.

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire on Feb. 6, the events that unfolded marked a decidedly crucial point in Clinton’s race.

While introducing Clinton, Madeleine Albright, 78, chastised young female supporters of Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders.

“A lot of you younger women think it’s been done. It’s not done, and you have to help,” Albright said to a cheering crowd. “Hillary Clinton will always be there for you and just remember – there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”


For a woman who has done such trailblazing in her life as Albright, the comment is not a new one. Albright has always spoken about the fact that she thinks women should relentlessly support each other, no matter what. She’s spoken so loudly about it that it’s been on a Starbucks cup, of all things.

In the context of the rally, and in the context of sounding like everybody’s condescending grandmother, Albright’s comment is unwelcome.

Calling on women to support her friend or else they’ll go to hell is just a dim comment to make and completely anti-feminist. Feminism is, literally by definition, the advocation for giving women the right to choose to do what they want. Forcing women to support another woman regardless of her agenda is completely hypocritical of a so-called feminist.

As if that wasn’t enough, Gloria Steinem, 81, in an interview with Bill Maher, accused young women of supporting whomever men support because they want to “follow the boys.”

“When you’re young, you’re thinking, you know, ‘Where are the boys?'” Steinem said. “The boys are with Bernie.”

Again, really?

Assuming that young women are not intelligent enough to educate themselves about a candidate and just follow wherever men are going is a completely sexist remark. Young women, now more than ever, on campuses nationwide, are taking the initiative to educate themselves about politics and advocate for their candidate of choice. Just because we’re “millennials” does not make us uneducated or prove that we can’t make political decisions.

I’m not going to bash Clinton in support of Sanders, and I’m not trying to diminish anyone who supports Clinton. But these comments show where the problem lies with Clinton trying to get women to support her.

She’s out-of-touch and simply doesn’t get it.

For as much as Clinton has tried to rally the support of young women, stunts like this are pushing them away and essentially scaring them off. Telling young women to grow up and get with the program is condescending and petty.

Both of these comments were made by reputable women who call themselves feminists, and have accomplished leaps and strides for women in America. But, these comments just goes to show the generational gap between older second-wave and younger third-wave feminists.

The meaning of feminism has changed, and, if we’re going to point fingers, it’s time for Steinem, Albright and Clinton to grow up and get with the program. Girl-bashing is not a good tactic to get women to work together toward a common cause. Women supporting other women is the root of this issue, and intersectionality is the name of the game now. Supporting similar causes and issues creates the connection and sense of community that will lead to votes for Clinton.

If there’s a special place in hell for women that don’t support each other, there’s certainly a place for women who bash other women.