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‘We are witnessing the politics of humiliation’- Siri Hustvedt, Joyce Carol Oates and more on the US election

Why did so many Americans of both sexes vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton? Leading American girls authors respond

Jennifer Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Jennifer Egan

Recently I met a man whose spouse is a pilot for American Airline. Occasionally, he told me, she flies with a female co-pilot. At those hours, in certain parts of America, a male passenger will committee the plane, should be noted that the cockpit contains two women, and turn around and get down. He would rather not fly than travelling in a plane in female hands.

Hillary had liabilities, of course chief among them the fact that she seemed to be a known quantity. But it is hard to believe that a man with her track record and resources would have dropped to an opponent of such staggering inexperience and personal deficiency.

Weve watched Hillary bear, with dignity, her husbands public sex infidelities, her bitter loss to President Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, and now her shocking defeat by Donald Trump. She is a consummate leader: wry, forbearing, matured. But I rage at the unfairness of what has happened, and dread the wreck that may follow.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer prize for fiction.
Photograph: Ullstein Bild/ ullstein bild via Getty Images A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind is published by Sceptre in December.
Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian The Man Without a Shadow is published by 4th Estate.
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian Ruby by Cynthia Bond was shortlisted for this years Baileys womens award for fiction. Photo: Steve Schofield for the Observer The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the Objective is published by Virago.
Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Eligible is published by Borough.
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