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'Women are Leaving the Party That Once Promised Them Safety'

| October 13, 2016


Politico magazine decided to ask eleven women from a variety of backgrounds whether the very public debate the country is now having about sexism is more a sign of what's continued unabated for decades—or, perhaps, a breakthrough.

It is hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Donald Trump could have gained some traction with female voters. Terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino in late 2015 and early 2016, followed by the Orlando terror in early summer, raised the possibility that the proverbial "security moms"—suburban, college-educated white women who ranked terror and the safety of their homes and children as a primary motivating force—would overcome any apprehension toward Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton's base. Trump was never going to win the female vote, but he could put sufficient dents into her appeal....

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For Academic Citation: Kayyem, Juliette.“'Women are Leaving the Party That Once Promised Them Safety'.” Politico, October 13, 2016.

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Juliette Kayyem