It has been almost a full 100 years since the first woman was elected to Congress, and while running for office has become increasingly acceptable since Jeannette Rankin won a Montana House seat in 1917, sexism in politics is still an everyday occurrence.Female politicians face higher standards when it comes to their qualifications, more scrutiny over their personal lives, and endless critiques about their wardrobe or general appearance.
Being the top-ranking leader in Congress is normally a choice position. Paul Ryan told his party that he didn't want the job unless they would promise it wouldn't interfere with his personal time.
"I cannot and will not give up my family time," he bargained, demanding a smaller role in fundraising and campaigning — a big deal as the party headed into the 2016 presidential campaign and the possibility that they could lose the Senate to Democrats.
The GOP agreed that yes, Ryan could totally balance it all — political career and family time.
Meanwhile, just three months later, the Ohio Senate Majority Leader argued that his female opponent shouldn't be running for office because she would have to spend too much time away from her 1- and 3-year-old children.
"The gal that's running against me is a 30-year-old, you know, mom, mother of two infants," he told a local radio show. Campaign in an ice cream shop and get asked about calories. Lucky for all of the men running, no one says much about the food they ingest.
"And I don't know if anybody explained to her we've got to spend three nights a week in Columbus. When Ohio Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in You Scream Ice Cream in Catonsville, Maryland, the story was about his policies and what voters thought of the long-shot presidential contender.When Hillary Clinton made a stop at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream in New York City a week later, a reporter questioned whether she knows the calorie count on her dessert.5.Ask 2008 Hillary Clinton, who appeared a little teary-eyed on the trail in New Hampshire during her last campaign, admitting how hard the race had been, a moment that turned an entire news cycle into "Hillary cried."2.Go home "for a change of clothes." When Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson lost the Iowa caucus Feb.1, his best option should have been to go straight over to New Hampshire and start knocking doors immediately to revive his campaign.Instead, he told the press he was going to going to take some time off to head back home and "get some fresh clothes." Rivals and pundits alike snickered at the statement, but it had very little effect on his overall campaign, which continued to limp on until he eventually bowed out on his own terms in early March. Ask to balance his political commitments with time home with his kids.