Sarah Wesley, left, Sonali Kolhatkar, Kasia Anderson and Emma Niles.

On Thursday, Truthdig sat down with columnist Sonali Kolhatkar for a Facebook Live conversation on how gender roles and social activism play into the 2016 election season.

Kolhatkar has written extensively on politics and gender, covering topics like police violence against African-American women, the “woman card” and the development of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Throughout this election season, the gender issue has been impossible to ignore. Presidential aspirants Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein, of course, draw criticism and praise for their political personas and are reminders of how the media often misrepresents women in politics. Clinton herself, while embraced by mainstream feminism, has faced criticism for supporting policy that disproportionately harms women.

How has the perception of gender roles shifted? Where does intersectionality fit in the conversation? And what does it mean to be a powerful woman in the year 2016?

Watch the entire discussion below:

You can check out past discussions on our YouTube page.

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