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Women played a central role in electing Bill Clinton to both of his terms, making him one of only three presidents to receive a greater proportion of women’s votes than men’s (Johnson and Eisenhower were the others). Participation in government increased across all sectors, though in larger proportions at state level than in Congress. 26 Both the hopes and the fears related to women in government were invested in the figure of Hillary Clinton, who brought an entirely new interpretation to the role of First Lady, in stark contrast to her predecessor Barbara Bush.
25 Despite such improvements, however, women still had to negotiate barriers such as the lack of support for working mothers: America was one of the few countries in the West not to legislate for paid parental leave, and only introduced the right to unpaid leave in 1993. In politics, too, women exercised power more then ever before, but inequalities still dominated. Women played a central role in electing Bill Clinton to both of his terms, making him one of only three presidents to receive a greater proportion of women’s votes than men’s (Johnson and Eisenhower were the others).
Thus the 1960s lingered in the 1990s as a kind of spectre: its legacy was worked over, denied and decried in popular culture, in battles over the meaning of multiculturalism, in the politics of race and gender, and in party politics. The attempt to exorcise the ghost produced a number of new discourses proclaiming the end of an era and seeking to establish a new reality: post-feminism, colour-blindness, and the attack on ‘the cult of the victim’ were all manifestations of this work of remembrance and forgetting.