What Is Hillary Clinton Teaching Young Women?

What Is Hillary Clinton Teaching Young Women?

What do you want the little girls of today to learn for their leadership of tomorrow?
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Hillary Clinton is the first female presidential nominee that the United States of America has ever had.

Girl power, am I right?

Not quite. Though I am thrilled to see women taking the political stage with the men that have ruled for what seems like forever (literally), I am not entirely pleased with the message that Clinton is sending to young women who are looking for a role model to admire. Let's take a peek at a timeline of "examples" that Hillary has provided.

She went to Yale.

A little #tbt of Hillary and Bill back in their college days.

Ok, this isn't such a bad start! The Ivy Leaguer may not hold an intimidating mascot (go...bulldogs?), but it is sure to produce one of the country's best educations. If anything, a woman should be educated, bettering herself for the world she lives in.

She has a very successful political career.

Making history.

Hillary is one of the women that will go down in history as a leading lady. Her career highlights include: leading role in the development of State Children's Health Insurance Program, First Lady of the United States, fought to increase funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health, helped create the office on Violence Against Women, Secretary of State, GRAMMY Award winner...and she has made the pantsuit legendary. This list isn't even complete -- the woman has held a heck of a lot of titles. No matter where you stand on the issues she has fought for, you cannot deny her impressive resume.

She has used questionable ethics to get where she is.

Probably listening to the Donald.

I would love to feel good about the first female presidential nominee. I would love to feel proud of the progress that has been made in gender equality. Yet Hillary Clinton has made it so that young girls are taught to take shortcuts to get where they want to go. She has illustrated that no matter how impressive your resume is, you should cheat to ensure your success. She has displayed a lack of ethical merit and is expecting to be rewarded with a big trophy...or at the very least, the presidency.

The scandals that surround the Clinton administration are everyone's favorite topic of political discussion. They've had quite the run, haven't they? The most recent of these ethical mishaps is the email situation that Hillary was caught right in the middle of. I guess dear ole Hill didn't realize that cleaning out her inbox would cause such a stir, huh? Yet the FBI, after finding that she, created a private email server to avoid FOIA requests, shared classified information, sold her influence in the State Department, and attempted to destroy evidence of criminal activity, did not bring charges against her.

So she got away with it.

Let's be real -- this election is up in the air. Neither of our options are stellar individuals, and "the least of two evils" is the conversation we're having to have. I can't help but think about the example that Hillary is setting for little girls (and, hello, 20-year-olds as well) that are viewing her actions and her success. She is trying to make history -- she already has -- but how is she doing it? Little girls should not be taught to scheme their way to the top; a bunch of sneaky women running the world, is that really what we want? Instead, we want the female leaders of tomorrow to face a challenge head on, while maintaining the grace, dignity, and integrity that we preach we want in our leaders.

I can only hope that little girls can forget the example that Hillary has set and find a role model worthy of their admiration. A woman upholding standards of honesty, determination, intelligence, humility, and compassion. That is the kind of woman that we want little girls to want to grow up to be. The example that Hillary has set? It doesn't do the job.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Pete Buttigieg Is On Everybody's Radar Now, But Can Mayor Pete Really Become President Pete?

Charisma, polyglot and success in reviving a Midwestern city make him a viable candidate for president. But will this hold?

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At the time of writing this, at least 18 people are vying for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Donald Trump during the Presidential election in 2020. This includes some heavyweights, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker. There are also fringe candidates, like Andrew Yang. Then there are the formerly fringe candidates. One person fits that bill: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Pete Buttigieg has erupted as a potential candidate for the Presidency. He recently took 9% of a recent poll in Iowa, the state that begins the general election season. The question is this: why has he gained so much traction? There are several potential reasons.

First, Mayor Pete has, at least compared to Trump, significant governmental experience as the mayor of South Bend. He has been mayor since 2011. He began his time in office at the age of 29 and has since been re-elected with 80% of the vote in 2015. His success in the city has shown: the city experienced significant growth following a population decline between 2000-2010.

The Mayor has also spearheaded some rebirth projects in the city, including converting the old Studebaker plant in town into a tech hub, conversion of the city streets downtown, and millions of dollars of private investment into the city. As a result, Mayor Pete can tout his success here as examples of why he could be president.

Other supporters claim that he is immensely talented and intelligent (though I do not like this reasoning). Mayor Pete was a Rhodes Scholar after attending Harvard. He knows myriad languages, including Norwegian. He is well-acquainted with various philosophies, including that of well-known intellectual Antonio Gramsci, whom his father has written on.

Though this line of thinking is flawed (I mean, Julian Castro attended Stanford, Cory Booker was also a Rhodes Scholar and Elizabeth Warren lectured at Harvard Law School), it is easy to see WHY he resonates: when compared to the President, Pete is levels above him.

Finally, a lot of what he says resonates with people. He speaks about his faith with fervor and honesty, something I appreciate greatly. He talks about the virtues of progressive politics and supporting policies like universal healthcare, labor unionism, combating climate change among other policies. His youth ideals combined are valued by many.

However, Pete still has his critics. Concerns about the gentrification of the city, wiretapping, and targeting of vacant properties that led to accusations of targeting of minorities in the city are what concerns many people. There were also previous issues with the police chief in the town, who recorded conversations, and who he demoted, which raised concerns for racial bias.

Whether or not this affects the primary at all is anyone's guess. However, he has momentum. Maybe Mayor Pete will become President Pete someday.

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