Girl power! Two of the world’s most iconic feminists, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright, shamed young women who support Bernie Sanders this weekend and told them to get on board to elect the country’s first female president. Both the activists called on them to vote for Hillary Clinton, who has fallen behind her opponent Sanders in support among young women.
The first female secretary of state, Albright, 78, introduced Clinton, 68, at a campaign event on Saturday, February 6, in New Hampshire and told the crowd: “We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done. There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”
Steinem, 81, also raised eyebrows in an interview with Bill Maher on Friday, February 5, when she suggested that young women are supporting Bernie Sanders to meet men. “When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’” Steinem said.
After much backlash the My Life on the Road author later issued an apology on her Facebook page. “In a case of talk-show Interuptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher Show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,” Steinem wrote. “Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.”
While many people were outraged by the comments from both women that implied voters should choose a candidate based solely on gender, Clinton defended Albright on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, February 7, and called her statement a “lighthearted but very pointed remark.”
“Madeleine has been saying this for many, many years,” the Democratic hopeful said. “She believes it firmly, in part because she knows what a struggle it has been, and she understands the struggle is not over.”
While Clinton may be struggling to get the votes of young women, she has no shortage of celebrity supporters. On the campaign trail, she has recently posed for selfies with A-listers such as Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry.