A Call for a Clinton Speech on Sexism

Campaign's end invites candor and courage —not counting slights
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2008 7:56 AM CDT
In this May 27, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., campaigns at the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Mont.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – The time is ripe for Hillary Clinton to speak out on gender discrimination openly and honestly, writes Anna Holmes in the New York Times. After she ends her bid for the White House, such a move wouldn’t be called a political stunt, and would afford her the opportunity “to speak with courage and conviction,” as Barack Obama did in his much-admired speech about race.

"I see many of my feminist forebears focusing too much on the cataloguing of slights, and not enough on solving the problem." writes Anna Holmes, who describes herself as both a woman of color and a feminist. "At this point, keeping track of every tone-deaf criticism matters less than delivering an active, impassioned response." Clinton should speak from pride and passion, she writes: "pride for how far she and other women have come; passion for how far we have to go." And she should use it as "an opportunity to heal the rifts between women in the Democratic Party and to bring new female voters into the fold."