We have already analyzed the politicians receiving the most money from female donors and found that 19 of the 20 politicians on the list are women themselves. In the realm of the 2016 presidential election, it seems that the same rule applies. Hillary Clinton, one of the only two women running for president, receives donations from women at a much higher rate than do the other candidates. Females account for nearly half of her donor base and contributions she has received. The other female candidate, Republican Carly Fiorina, however, did not do as well. She comes in at fifth place for both statistics, behind Rick Santorum, who takes one of the most conservative stances on abortion and birth control legislation (we rank him as a 9.2C on abortion, versus Fiorina’s moderate ranking).
The proportion of female donors and total contributions from women of the other candidates hovers around 20-30 percent. Some interesting trends stand out, however. Cruz, Pataki, Graham, and Kasich receive a percentage of total donations from women noticeably higher than their proportion of female donors. This data suggests that although women donate to these candidates in lower numbers, they are making larger contributions. And then there’s Trump, who has faced criticisms for sexism after making a litany of controversial comments towards women. Interestingly, he trails the other candidates in both statistics, followed only by Rand Paul.