Age of Awareness
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Age of Awareness

Confession of a Former Bernie Sanders Supporter

This feminist has a confession to make: In the 2016 Democratic primaries, I supported Bernie Sanders. As eager as I was — and still am — to see a woman elected president, Sanders’s progressive policies were far more aligned with my beliefs than Clinton’s. My feminist dream was in conflict with my liberal ideology, and ideology won. Even though I knew Sanders was unlikely to get the nomination, I cast my primary vote for him because I wanted him to stay in the fight and continue moving the conversation to the left.

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Diane Vanaskie Mulligan

Diane Vanaskie Mulligan

novelist, teacher, sourdough enthusiast, dog-lover, folkie and a whole bunch of other things, too.