Saturday 27 May 2017

Watch out, Hillary - women have a harder job than men in getting elected

Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Picture: Getty Images
Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Picture: Getty Images

Niamh Gallagher

It's official - Hillary Clinton is the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Second time lucky, and in a race that was much tighter fought than many expected, she beat Bernie Sanders to become the first-ever female candidate for a major political party to run for US president.

But for Hillary, has being a woman helped or hindered her in her campaign? Is what she has now achieved - the first woman ever truly in the running for the top job - seen as unique, or as ordinary? And what lessons are there from Hillary's experience for our newly elected female TDs and senators here at home?

If the media coverage surrounding her victory has been anything to go by, it does not feel like the heady days of 2008, when Barack Obama's victory - both as nominee and later as president - were marked around the world as truly historic moments.

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