Female candidates undergo stricter scrutiny than their male colleagues. Hillary Clinton, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi have all experienced the same critical eye of reporters. Instead of being judged by their experience, female politicians are continually judged by their appearance. Studies conducted by the Women’s Media Center & She Should Run have shown that even mentioning a female candidate’s appearance negatively affects her standing with the voters against a male candidate. Female politicians are evaluated and frequently dismissed simply by their looks.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly battled remarks about her appearance. She has snapped, remarking, “If I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention.” When she was asked what designers she wears she replied, “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Hillary Clinton repeatedly points out the blatant double standard in the media.