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Women And The White House, Foreign Eye On Campaign 2016

Global coverage of the U.S. presidential race has zeroed in recently on the gender issue, from the only woman in the race, Trump's wife and the influence of female voters.

Trump supporter at meeting in Bethpage, New York, on April 7
Trump supporter at meeting in Bethpage, New York, on April 7
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Top Italian women's magazine Io Donna ("I, Woman"), a weekly supplement of Milan daily Corriere della Sera, has been busy covering the U.S. campaign in its own way. Io Donna columnist Costanza Rizzacasa d'Orsogna has reported in recent weeks on a women's movement in the U.S. to block Trump's election by refusing to have sex with their husbands until the misogynist billionaire is defeated. Rizzacasa d'Orsogna has also covered the apparent falling-out between unlikely gal pal VIP daughters Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump, the competing political loyalties of Hollywood stars, and the latest twists and turns in the primaries of both parties. But most notable may be the moniker of Rizzacasa d'Orsogna's campaign series, which leaves no room for doubt about how she sees America's future: Hillarylandia.

It's not the only global coverage focusing on female voters and the only woman in the race for the presidency, as Worldcrunch continues to follow foreign coverage of the U.S. presidential campaign, from all languages and corners of the world.

In a piece titled "Why Does America Dislike Hillary Clinton?" Katarzyna Wezyk writes in Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborczathat sexism remains a pervasive plague and that a capable woman in the United States "apparently is still two steps behind a man."

"Toughness is a stereotypically male attribute," she writes. "It is men who need to be aggressive and pertinacious. It's their job to protect a woman, the family and the country. If a woman wants to be successful in politics, she needs to prove that she is tougher than her male competitors, that she will not let others push her around and that she will not serve sandwiches. But if she is tough and hard-boiled, she stops being womanlike. She becomes a Tartar, a butch or an ordinary bitch. A man who defends his opinions is assertive, a woman — aggressive. And indeed nobody likes an aggressive woman. On the other hand, nobody wants weak leaders. So either way is no good."

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When Mom Believes Putin: A Russian Family Torn Apart Over Ukraine Invasion

Sisters Rante and Satu Vodich fled Russia because they could no longer bear to live under Putin — but their mother believes state propaganda about the war. Her daughters are building a new life for themselves in Georgia.

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TBILISI — On a gloomy afternoon in May, Rante Vodich gets the keys to her new home. A week earlier, the 27-year-old found this wooden shed in Tbilisi, with a corrugated iron roof and ramshackle bathroom. The shed next door houses an old bed covered in dust. Vodich refers to the place as a “studio” and pays $300 per month in rent. She says finding the studio is the best thing that’s happened to her since she came to Georgia. It is her hope for the future.

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Her younger sister Satu Vodich is around 400 kilometers further west, in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, surrounded by Russian tourists, Ukrainian flags, skyscrapers with sea views and the run-down homes of local residents.

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