Albright, Steinem’s Clinton comments are anti-feminist


Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, attends the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Friday, March 30, 2012. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Katarina Hoskins

I am steaming over comments made by Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright implying women have to support Hillary Clinton in order to be feminists. Equally infuriating is the implication that as a young woman, the only thing on my political agenda is chasing a campaign where I might, at last, be able to complete my MRS degree.

I haven’t fully experienced inequalities, which affected previous generations of women, but trust me in saying I have felt my value ignored too many times for comfort. We as women must constantly work to be strong willed, educated, and demand respect from others, so that we might play a part in creating a system of equality for ourselves.

Insisting women blindly follow someone, rather than form our own opinions, is the most anti-feminist idea to be forced down the throats of female voters so far. In order to truly make a difference and gain well-deserved respect, this generation should stand together by choosing a candidate we believe in.

Equality begins when my vote is trusted to be a reflection of my beliefs and desires for this country.

How silly of me to believe all this time we were fighting for the right to voice our opinions and think independently, when the goal was truly to become political puppets. Thank you, Ms. Steinem and Albright, for helping me see clearly.

I was so close to taking advantage of my right to vote, I almost forgot to ask for permission first.

Katarina Hoskins is a 2015 graduate of UK.

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