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Is modern feminism out of touch

Hillary Clinton delivers her concession speech in New York. (Olivier Douliery/European Pressphoto Agency)

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Does feminism suffer from elitism? Has canada goose outlet black friday it lost touch with conservative, minority or working class Americans? How can feminists build a platform that attracts more broad based support?

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