Gloria Steinem to Female Bernie Fans: Sorry for What I Said

Feminist icon says women back Sanders for a personal reason
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Gloria Steinem to Female Bernie Fans: Sorry for What I Said
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, photo, Gloria Steinem talks to a reporter at her home in New York. On Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Are young women supporting Bernie Sanders just to meet young guys? That's what Gloria Steinem seemed to be saying on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday night, MSNBC reports. "Women get more radical as we get older," Steinem says. "Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age… When you’re young, you’re thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie." Bill Maher appeared taken aback, the New York Times reports. "Oh," he said. "Now if I said that, 'They’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,' you’d swat me." Steinem responded with a laugh, saying, "How well do you know me?"

Female fans of the Vermont senator responded pretty quickly, the Guardian reports. "Gloria Steinem’s statement was the worst kind of sweeping generalization I’ve heard in years about women my age," says 25-year-old Moumita Ahmed. Another says "we should be allowed to support who we want without attacking each other." Seems Steinem got the message: "[I] apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics," she wrote on Facebook. "Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.” Meanwhile, Madeleine Albright—the first woman secretary of state—introduced Hillary Clinton at a New Hampshire rally Saturday and scolded women who don't back Clinton. "There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!" Albright said. (More Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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