Women's political empowerment and American presidential elections discussed in The New Yorker

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Women's political empowerment and American presidential elections discussed in The New Yorker

Dr. Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University, has published an article in The New Yorker, entitled ‘The Sovereignty of Women’. The article deals with the historical difficulties of women to be fully recognized as political subjects, and how this historical tension is affecting modern American politics and, in particular, the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Dr. Lepore explains how the political empowerment of women was historically contested, both from philosophers such as John Locke, and from politicians. This patriarchal view of politics, according to the author, is already affecting the current presidential debate, in the form of sexist comments made by some candidates. One of the main conclusions drawn by the author is that women’s vote will be crucial to determine the next POTUS. Click here to read the full article. 

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