‘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,’ says Ms. Gloria Steinem in a post on Facebook. ‘Whether they gravitate to Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.’
To some, the apology rings hollow. ‘Obviously, they are desperate because Hillary’s numbers are falling, so they are really pulling out the heavy artillery,’ says Camille Paglia, author and self-described ‘dissident feminist,’ who supports Mr. Sanders and has been critical of Ms. Steinem before.
‘The question, I think, is how concerned one is about having a woman elected to the presidency,’ says Ms. Marion Just (professor, Wellesly, since 1970) of young women today. ‘This generation has a rather optimistic worldview, which is probably not deserved by the way things have been going for women in this country.’
‘What pulls me to Hillary is that she’s a woman, and a strong woman at that; but in the end, it’s about who is going to beat the republicans,’ says Jaimee Warbass.