Hillary Clinton Explains How Women Outperform Men in Governance

61 percent of male voters view Clinton unfavorably

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2012

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2012 / AP


Hillary Clinton alleged in a recent interview that women have some superior skills to men when it comes to governing.

Particularly, Clinton told a correspondent for Time magazine in an October exchange published Thursday that women governors are better listeners, friendlier to fresh ideas, and more effective at sharing responsibility.

"I just think there are some areas where our own life experiences really prepare us to be more receptive," Clinton said when asked if women govern differently than men. "I do think there is something in the governing or organizing approach. I just think women in general are better listeners, are more collegial, more open to new ideas and how to make things work in a way that looks for win-win outcomes."

The Democratic presidential candidate also stated that women are "more attuned" to certain issues, citing her experience as secretary of state as an example.

"One of the things that I did in the State Department is increase resources to cases involving child abductions, trying to do more to promote international adoptions where appropriate," Clinton said.

Clinton’s former role is currently held by a man, Secretary of State John Kerry.

Clinton has struggled to win support among male American voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Male voters are more likely to support the top three Republican presidential candidates–businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)–than they are Clinton in hypothetical general election match ups, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released last month.

Furthermore, 61 percent of male voters view Clinton unfavorably, nearly double the share who view her positively. In general, Clinton has a negative favorable rating among members of the American electorate.

Majorities of men also do not believe that Clinton has strong leadership qualities, nor do they think that she cares about their needs and problems or shares their values.

"I think that my life experiences, what I care about, what I’ve been through just make me perhaps more aware of and responsive to a lot of the family issues that people are struggling with," Clinton further stated in the interview with Time.

U.S. voters in general do not believe that Clinton has the same values as they do.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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