[guest post by Dana]
As we all know, Hillary Clinton is the recognized patron saint of women. Her current campaign strategy, for all intents and purposes, is one of identity politics as she unabashedly uses her gender to the fullest extent in her run for the presidency. Her speeches on the campaign trail reflect this tactic. As such, Hillary is working hard to convince voters that because *no other candidate cares about women’s issues like she does, no other candidate could possibly make women’s issues a priority like she would if she were elected president.
Further, she has even gone so far in this campaign to ask that voters judge her on her merits… while at the same time making it clear that those “merits” include being a woman.
This makes it all the more ironic that under the watch of the Patron Saint of Women (along with John Kerry), the State Dept. saw a dramatic uptick in complaints of sexual harrassment:
Harassment complaints nearly tripled at the State Department under the watch of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, according to a State Department watchdog report released Thursday.
The Washington Times reports that harassment complaints hit 88 formal claims during Clinton’s third year at State in 2011. This number jumped to 248 formal claims just three years later in 2014 with Kerry serving as secretary. Hundreds more informal harassment complaints were also filed during this time.
Last year, more than one-third, or 38 percent of complaints filed by employees, dealt with sex discrimination or reprisals. An additional 43 percent of complaints were made up of alleged harassment dealing with unfair hiring or promotions.
Despite the spike in harassment claims at the State Department, there is no mandatory training program in place dealing with the issue.
*Note: Fiorina refuses to play identity politics and run as a “woman”, therefore I did not mention her in this post.