Get to Know the Women Behind Hillary’s Campaign
Hillary Clinton has hedged her bid for the democratic nomination much less afraid of the word “feminism” than she was in ‘08. During the former Secretary of State’s last campaign, Hillary shied away from discussing her gender, much to the dismay of feminist thinkers and activists alike.
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But this time around, Hillary has made gender inequity a primary part of her political visage, and she has been waving her feminist flag proudly. Unsurprisingly, she’s stacked her campaign team with an array of powerful female political operatives. Click on a photo to learn more about these women, and how they’re working to help elect our nation’s first ever female president.
Formerly the director of communications for President Obama, Jennifer Palmieri, graduate of American University and Democratic strategist, has now taken on the role of Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Battle-hardened Palmieri is a well-respected figure in DC’s campaign scene, and many believe she will be an integral part of Hillary’s success.
Huma Abedin, 38, got her start in politics as an intern in the White House when she was still an undergraduate at George Washington University. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Abedin was catapulted into the national spotlight when her husband, then-Congressman Anthony Weiner, was caught in the cross-hairs of a sexting scandal. Today, Abedin serves as the Vice Chairwoman to Hillary’s campaign, and is expected to take on a senior role during the push for the nomination.
Formerly Michelle Obama’s Press secretary, Kristina Schake, 45, is credited with crystallizing the First Lady’s image as the modern-day everywoman. Schake will be tasked with dismantling the perception of Hillary Clinton as an elite career politician, and will work to refocus her image as a relatable and warm public figure.
Amanda Renteria, 40, was the first Latina to ever, in the history of American politics, serve as a chief of staff to a US senator. She graduated from Stanford with a double major in economics and political science, and promptly went on the get her MBA from Harvard Business School. She served as a political aid to such Senetors Diane Feinstein and Debbie Stabenow, and is now Hillary Clinton’s political director.
Formerly the host of her own eponymous news program on MSNBC, Hillary Clinton has tapped the media-savvy Karen Finney to serve as her Strategic Communications Adviser and Senior Spokesperson for 2016 campaign. Finney has written for Politico, the Hill and the Huffington Post, and was the Democratic National Committee’s Communications Director from 2005 to 2009.
Stephanie Hannon is the first women to ever be named the chief technology officer of a viable presidential campaign, and was tapped for Hillary’s 2016 campaign given her longtime standing as a top executive at Google. Hannon’s role in the campaign is managing the vast technological infrastructure needed to raise support amongst millennial and establishment voters alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMANDA BURKE
Currently a journalism student at Boston University, formerly a line cook with a side gig selling vintage jewelry. I am interested in the way our narrative species communicates and consumes information and images, and the power of storytelling to connect us all. I am passionate about social politics and policy, and hope one day work for an organization that shares my dedication for feminism, culture, and the arts.