About forty-one percent of women voted for Trump in the November election, according to numbers from The Washington Post.
Why would a significant percentage of women vote for Trump, despite his recorded remarks toward females which many consider sexist and disparaging?
Why would they not vote for Clinton, a woman who surely epitomizes women’s search for respectability and equal status with men?
For professional women, Clinton is a role model. But many women in the United States, just like many men in the United States, are not professionals. They work at their jobs because they need the money to live.
Such women might be interested in equal pay, but their careers, as for some men, are not geared toward success in the professional sense.
Many men and woman yearn for a past time, sometimes mythical, but whose loss they feel. Just as numbers of working white men are angered at the loss of well-paying jobs, so some women are angered at feeling pushed toward the career model when they really prefer more time at home tending to family or engaged in community service.
Not all women are interested in crashing the glass ceiling or working at high stress careers. Some prefer part time work after the children are past the toddler years. Their main focus is still on their families, (including aging parents) as well as religious and community service. The high cost of living in today’s world creates barriers against this kind of life.
Of course, many men might wish for more time off to be with family. Some men and women are not drawn to the role model of the elite professional, though it is a commendable goal for many. It just isn’t the goal for all men and women.
The irony is that Clinton favored more family leave and other family-focused policies. Is the new administration aware of the need for such policies?