Hillary Clinton is a ‘case study’ for gender bias, something these Chatham students think about daily

The first step is acknowledging an instance of gender bias or sexism.

Chatham University students Michelle Jones, Jenna McGreevy and Maria Taylor.

Chatham University students Michelle Jones, Jenna McGreevy and Maria Taylor.

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MJ Slaby

It’s a reaction to the election from a family member. A joke about Hillary Clinton’s pantsuit on Twitter. Or even the dreaded “boys will be boys” defense.

For three women who attend Chatham University and work in the on-campus and non–partisan Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, gender bias is something they think about — a lot.

As Election Day neared and with Clinton in Pittsburgh again todayThe Incline went to Chatham, a former women’s college, to talk about gender bias, both in the presidential campaign and daily life.

Sometimes, there can be a disconnect between the gender bias happening in the presidential campaigns and gender bias in daily life, said Dana Brown, the center’s executive director. She said it can be easier for people to identify bias when it’s not happening to them. 

But when you go to Chatham, it’s easier to pick up on micro-aggressions, because it’s not the norm, said Maria Taylor, a 19-year-old sophomore from Ambridge.