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Hillary Clinton Just Made a Big Pitch to Millennial Women Voters

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets supporters after a campaign rally with Vice President Joe Biden, August 15, 2016, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Photograph by Dominick Reuter—AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton is doubling down on her efforts to win over young female voters.

The Democratic nominee penned an editorial for women’s news site Refinery29 in which she detailed her experiences meeting impressive young women—including women’s rights activist and YouTuber Chrissy Chambers, immigrant rights activist Astrid Silva, and Maxine Outerbridge, a domestic violence survivor and single mother.

“Women like Chrissy, Astrid, and Max embody the essence of the Methodist teachings I was raised on: ‘Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, for as long as ever you can,” Clinton wrote.

“That impulse to do something when you see injustice—or experience it yourself—is something most women can relate to. I felt it myself as a law student spending time in a New Haven hospital with poor children who needed an advocate. I wondered where the justice was in a system that abandoned our most vulnerable citizens.”


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After detailing her experiences working with civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, Clinton got to the heart of her message to young women, which is that she understands, or “sees” them. She wrote:

I see you making the drive to a clinic 200 miles away.

I see you dropping your daughter off at daycare so you can make it to class on time.

I see you making the case to your boss for a long-overdue raise, even though you may worry about speaking up for what you deserve.

I see the difference you’re making in the world, in your own lives, and in the lives of the people you love.

The essay is an attempt on Clinton’s part to get more of the millennial woman’s vote. Millennials gave Clinton less than 30% of their votes in key primaries this year and nearly precipitated her defeat nationwide.

The tides may be turning, though: In the latest Washington Post-ABC News survey, voters 29 and younger supported Clinton over Republican rival Donald Trump by a 26-point margin.