The Clinton/Palin Phenomenon and Young Women Voters

33 Pages Posted: 1 May 2009

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JoEllen Lind

Valparaiso University Law School

Date Written: May 1, 2009


Despite their differences in background and ideology, both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin share one experience - the failure to actually break the glass ceiling in American politics. The reasons for this are numerous and complicated and go beyond simple gender politics. Nonetheless, neither candidate ever enjoyed the wide support of young women. This Article surveys relevant polling data, studies from sociology and political science, internet resources, feminist theory, and the history of woman suffrage to explore the reasons for this phenomenon, particularly in light of feminist issues and the group characteristics of the Millennial Generation. Among other things, it concludes that age cohort effects trumped gender as forces motivating young women voters in the last election.

Keywords: elections, voting, feminism, feminst theory, 2008 election, presidents, Clinton, Palin, woman suffrage, race, 19th amendment, politics, law and politics, generation

Suggested Citation

Lind, JoEllen, The Clinton/Palin Phenomenon and Young Women Voters (May 1, 2009). Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2009; Valparaiso University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-02. Available at SSRN:

JoEllen Lind (Contact Author)

Valparaiso University Law School ( email )

656 S. Greenwich St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493
United States

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