Let's Be Clear: Hillary Lost Because She's A Woman

"Her resumé should’ve been good enough to elect her."

Let’s be absolutely clear. This is entirely about how much we hold women in power to an unreachable standard, a standard we would never, ever use to measure a man’s worth or qualification.

If you hate that Clinton has made unsavory compromises, but have no problems with Trump’s shady business dealings, that’s a double standard.

If you hate the countless investigations against Clinton, but have no problems with any of Trump’s lawsuits, that’s a double standard.

If you hate that Clinton is part of the establishment, but have no problems with Trump’s personal history as a rich, entitled white man and all the privileged opportunities that comes with, that’s a double standard.

If you hate that Clinton made millions on the speaking circuit, but have no problems with Trump using tax loopholes to make the same amount of money, that’s a double standard.

If you hate that Clinton is married to a man with an ugly history with women, but have no problems with Trump’s even uglier record, that’s a double standard.

This is personal. This is a magnifying glass to every glimpse of subtle sexism I’ve ever seen in my professional life.

Slap any of Hillary Clinton’s towering achievements and slightly troubling transgressions on any Democratic male candidate and she would’ve won. Maybe not against more reasonable Republicans. But against a misogynistic, racist candidate with no political or military experience, a male Hillary Clinton would’ve won.

So, let’s be clear. This is about gender.

This is about what a woman looks and sounds like after decades of having to survive very sexist demands.

Hillary Clinton is an unapologetic try-hard, because she has had to try so hard just to stay in the game.

Hillary Clinton is awkward and unpersonable, because she has had to force decades of camaraderie with men who, progressive or not, had no interest or insight in her experience as a woman.

Why Hillary Clinton lost will be sliced and diced for years. People wanted change. People hate the establishment. Every single reason will be scrutinized and analyzed as though they are of equal value. But, they’re not. Let’s be clear, this was entirely about gender.

For anyone, men or women, who truly believes that our girls deserve every opportunity, this election result should be personal.

Hillary Clinton is far from a perfect candidate. She’s not the hero that her supporters make her out to be, nor is she the villain that her enemies paint. But, in 2016 and in this election in particular, her resumé should’ve been good enough to elect her. It wasn’t good enough for one reason only — because she is a woman. From women, we demand not just a gold star resumé, we want an unreachable and unfair fantasy.

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