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Hillary Clinton. Don’t vote for me because I’m a woman

We look at the electoral programme of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, in particular those policies that interest not only Americans, but everyone.

Hillary Clinton, born in 1947, is a veritable powerhouse in American politics. Following her husband Bill Clinton’s presidency she became the only first lady to win a public office seat when she was elected Senator in 2001. She was also Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

 


 

A clean energy superpower

Clinton promises to tackle climate change seriously if she becomes president by respecting the commitments taken by incumbent Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan – and going even further. She wants to make the US a “clean energy superpower” via concrete measures such as installing half a billion solar panels, powering every home with renewable energy, and cutting waste, greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption by a third.

 

She also wants to fight environmental injustice by cleaning the country from pollutants, which disproportionately affect minority and low-income communities.

 

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“Don’t vote for me because I’m a woman”

Clinton plans to “expand opportunities for all Americans” starting from childhood, by giving every child access to high quality preschool. She also wants to protect affordable healthcare by stopping price increases for health services and medicines as well as guaranteeing access to reproductive health for women.

 

The presidential hopeful has said that she doesn’t expect to receive the female vote just because she’s a woman. Yet women’s rights are an important platform in her campaign. She plans to close the gender pay gap by increasing the minimum wage, seeing that women form the bulk of low-paid workers, and wants to institute guaranteed paid leave for mothers. Furthermore, she promises to act to end sexual assault on college campuses.

 

Clinton’s programme also addresses LGBT issues. Measures would include passing the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, and removing obstacles faced by LGBT people serving or wishing to serve in the army. If president, her efforts would also be directed at safeguarding the rights of people with disabilities, in particular access to employment.

 

She also plans to confront racial injustice by reforming the criminal justice system: in particular ending mass incarceration, which disproportionately affects minorities. To do so, she wants to cut sentences for nonviolent drug offenses and ban racial profiling by law enforcement officials.

 

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Portrait of Hillary Clinton as a high school student at Maine East High School, Park Ridge, Illnois, 1965 © Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Migrants should become citizens

The presidential hopeful also plans to institute immigration reform, with the objective of creating pathways for migrants to become US citizens. She wants to stop the deportation of certain undocumented migrants, such as those who entered the country as children, and institute humane and targeted immigration enforcement, ending detention of families who arrive at the border in desperate conditions as well as closing private immigration centres.

 

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Hillary Clinton with her husband Bill Clinton at a caucus day event in Las Vegas. She narrowly won the Nevada caucus, which took place on the 20th of February © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

 

Hillary Clinton’s long career in Washington is a double-edged sword. Some question whether she will be able to stand up against powerful lobbies, whilst others view her experience as an invaluable asset. Favoured by the Democratic establishment, she will likely be the party’s candidate for the presidency, though rival Bernie Sanders is proving to be a tough adversary to beat. Only the primaries will tell.

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