Young feminists talk the power of voting in 2016 election

Young feminists talk the power of voting in 2016 election

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Tuesday, men and women gathered at the College of Charleston for the annual event "Yes, I'm a feminist."

A hot topic of conversation this year is the power and misconceptions surrounding women voting in the upcoming presidential election.

Emily Trent is a women and gender studies major at Co C. She says that she's a feminist because she believes both men and women deserve equal opportunities, including an equal say in who will be the next president of the United States.

So far, the 2016 presidential candidates have voiced opinions on topics like gender equality, college affordability and reproductive rights.

According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2014, 56 percent of women identify themselves as democrats.

Trent says there's also misconception over who feminists wants as president.

"Younger women, who - this might be their first election, it's kind of 'well I don't really know, this is who my parents are voting for, but I don't really want to vote for them so I'm going to go with the only woman'," said Trent. "It's an easy out."

In the recent New Hampshire Primaries, the Wall Street Journal poll reported that 64% of female Democrats younger than 45 backed Bernie Sanders, while just 35% supported Clinton.

"Being a feminist means you have the right to chose who you want to vote for," said Amanda Bunting Comen, advisory committee chair for the women and gender studies major.

Trent says starting the conversation with fellow young voters is a step in the right direction.

"I think its important that we educate these young women on who the best choice for them might be," said Trent.

Proceeds from the "Yes, I'm a feminist" event go towards C of C's women and gender studies department. The groups hosts events throughout the year educating women about their rights.

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