Shock. Anger. Grief: How Women Worldwide Reacted to Hillary Clinton's Defeat
Christina Asquith - Newsweek
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November 12, 2016
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For years now, Hillary Clinton has ranked as one of the most famous and influential women in the world - winning fans among the world’s female leaders for her advocacy of global feminism and her work championing women and girls.
The next step, many thought, would be to the White House where she would elevate her feminist foreign policy and join the ranks of a powerful, growing group of female leaders sweeping into office across Europe, Africa, and Latin America. After all, 59 countries have already had a female head of state. All the polls indicated the U.S. was next.
But then early Wednesday morning it all came crashing down.
As we continue to digest the results, reactions from women leaders worldwide have poured in. Female heads of state Angela Merkel in Germany and Theresa May in the U.K. have tweeted out the customary formal congratulations. The Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Clinton friend, told the BBC she was “extremely saddened” by Trump’s victory but would “give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Canada’s first female prime minister, Kim Campbell, was less diplomatic, calling Trump’s victory a "disaster not just for Canada but for the world.” While the female leader of the far right leader French National Front, Marine Le Pen, tweeted a hearty “Congratulations… to the free American people!”
What about regular women? As a part of a project to bring more women’s voices into discussion of foreign policy, I asked women around the world for their reaction, and was surprised at how deeply connected many felt by the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton, and the message it sent.
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