'The View' Debates: Is Feminism A Bad Word?


Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain and the panel discuss the political movement of feminism on International Women's Day. According to a Sky Data poll, "the vast majority of Britons think women face prejudice in the workplace but still believe feminism has gone as far it should go."

McCain said she is not a feminist because it is a difficult place for a conservative pro-life woman. She said feminism feels "very exclusive." She said if we are going to celebrate women like Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand then Condoleezza Rice and Mia must also be celebrated.

"It seems to be a place where a lot of pro-choice women don't like having pro-life women who don't think abortion rights are the number one issue," McCain said.

"I think Hillary Clinton ran into this assumption that just because I'm a woman I'm going to vote for a woman," McCain also said. "And for me, women's issues is also defeating ISIS. It's also foreign policy. All issues are women's issues. And that's where my problem [is]."

McCain also noted that 54% of Americans, men and women, don't consider themselves feminists or anti-feminist.

Moderator Whoopi Goldberg said she doesn't consider herself a feminist because she never felt there was room for black women in the feminist movement.

"For me, you know, I have never been a feminist because when coming up, there was no room for us, for black women. They weren't talking to us," Goldberg said of black women and feminists.

"The feminists should have been one women's movement that brought everybody up. It didn't. It took a while," she added.

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