Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gail Collins on Hillary Clinton and Women on Presidential Ballots

The movie Suffragette is now playing.  With Hillary Clinton running strong for the Democratic nomination, Gail Collins  provides a Sunday morning history lesson on how we arrived at this point.  Who were the women who paved the way, who opposed them, and how?  Except for op-eds written by Hillary, there have not been many featured here in recent years, but Gail spoke with Hillary, so this one is special and ranks right up there with interviews.  It is a nice concise summary of the women who have tried with a few surprises.  Have a lovely Sunday!

Hillary in History

NOV. 7, 2015

Credit Hieronymus, photograph by Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times

Gail Collins

Op-Ed Columnist

IT’S officially one year until the presidential election. Amazing how time flies, isn’t it? Once again we’re watching debates featuring what appears to be the entire supporting cast of “Ben-Hur.” Once again we’re asking ourselves why Iowa always gets to be first. Once again we’re wondering whether Hillary Clinton will make history by becoming the first woman president.

“It’s hard to believe there’s another year,” Clinton said in a phone interview, taking the glass-half-empty perspective. She was on her way to the airport during a fund-raising swing through California, broken up by an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show. Her formula for making it through another 12 months, she said cheerfully, was pretty simple: “We’re just getting up every morning. Step by step.”

“It’ll be a long slog,” she added with what I believe the entire nation understands is total accuracy. “But it’s more fun this time because I feel like we’re doing better.”

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