Jezebel: Hillary Clinton Is ‘Largely an Advocate for Well-Off White Women’


A writer for Jezebel, a feminist blog, criticized Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Friday for being an advocate of feminism only for celebrities and affluent white women but not for minorities and less prominent individuals.

“Hillary Clinton is a woman of second wave feminism,” Joanna Rothkopf of Jezebel told CNN’s Carol Costello. “She’s largely an advocate for well-off white women, and I think that the generation of young feminists who are voting now want to see someone who is more of an advocate for inter-sectional feminism.”

“And that doesn’t just mean feminism for wealthy, successful celebrities,” Rothkopf added.

Rothkopf made her comments during a discussion on why younger women appear not to be supporting Clinton in large numbers, with many turning instead to her main primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt), a self-declared socialist.

Clinton has utilized female celebrities on the campaign trail to appeal to young female voters. Most recently, singer Demi Lovato appeared with Clinton at a campaign event in Iowa on Thursday night.

Lena Dunham is another female celebrity who has campaigned for the Democratic frontrunner, although Dunham recently expressed concern over Clinton discrediting women who accused her husband Bill Clinton of sexual assault when he was president.

Clinton has made women’s rights a cornerstone of her campaign, criticizing Republicans for waging a “war on women” and arguing that, as a woman, she is the best-suited candidate to fight for reproductive rights and other related issues.

The former secretary of state also says women are not paid the same amount as men in the workplace and has called for “equal pay for equal work,” citing gender discrimination as a prevalent problem in the United States.

Others argue that claims of unequal pay are misguided and use faulty calculations, adding that it is already illegal to discriminate against a U.S. citizen based on sex.

Clinton has been trying to reach out to young voters in earnest as polls show Sanders overtaking her in some of the early voting states, with the Iowa caucus approaching on Feb. 1.

Aaron Kliegman

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Aaron Kliegman is the news editor for the Washington Free Beacon and a Master's Degree Candidate in Johns Hopkins's Global Security Studies Program in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Aaron worked as a Research Associate for the Center for Security Policy, a national security think tank, and as the Deputy Field Director on Micah Edmond's campaign for U.S. Congress. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2014 and lives in Washington, D.C. His Twitter handle is @Aaron_Kliegman. He can be reached at

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