Every woman who has ever been mansplained, condescended to or bullied by a louder, bigger, blustery man in a professional context was cringing last night, as Donald Trump, in the first presidential debate, interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 times. 25 of those times were in the first 26 minutes of the debate. (And then defended his bluster as evidence of a winning temperament.) And how many times did Clinton interrupt? Zero. Want to guess how many female rabbis, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals have had similar experiences? Enough that even if those women weren’t Hillary supporters to begin with they could relate to the steamrolling, and Holt’s bizarre and frustrating silence.
What is the presidential Look? More importantly, does Hillary Clinton have it?
Joseph wore a coat of many colors, but his mother Rachel shouldn’t have done the same. That’s according to London’s Rabbi Eliyahu Falk, who sent out a letter to ultra-Orthodox congregants likening women’s wearing of bright colors to downing non-kosher food.
“It is truly loathsome to dress in such an inadequate manner… no less forbidden than … eating Treife food or mixed swimming,” he wrote, as part of modesty instructions delivered ahead of Rosh Hashanah to thousands of Haredi families in the British capital’s Stamford Hill neighborhood. Located in north London, the area contains one of the highest concentrations of ultra-Orthodox in all of Europe.
This should be a great season for women’s leadership: for the first time in history, a woman is a major party’s nominee for the US presidency. And yet, for every time I see my daughter’s eyes shine with possibility as she witnesses Hillary on the campaign trail, I have also experienced a moment of despair, as I wonder what lessons about women’s leadership she is internalizing.