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"They're going to get more activist as they get older," Steinem said. "And when you're young, you're thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie."

Clinton's campaign has been worried about a split among female voters

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Feminist icon – and Hillary Clinton supporter – Gloria Steinem says young women are supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.”

Steinem made the comment Friday night in response to a question from comedian and “Real Time” host Bill Maher when asked why the former secretary of state isn’t doing better with young women.

Steinem said that young women will get more radical as they age, because women lose power as they get older.

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“They’re going to get more activist as they get older,” Steinem said. “And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”

Maher was surprised by Steinem’s remark.

“Now if I said that – ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie ‘cause that’s where the boys are’ – you’d swat me,” Maher said.

“No, I wouldn’t,” Steinem replied.

Steinem came out in support of Clinton back in October when she penned an op-ed for The Guardian.

Clinton’s campaign has been worried about a split among female voters. Older women are solidly behind her, but younger women – like younger people in general – are more inclined to support Sanders.

She has tapped high profile millennial women including Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham and Kim Kardashian in an attempt to change that.

But Sanders remains the favorite of millennials, according to the Harvard University Institute of Politics. Nationwide, a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday found Clinton clinging to a 2-point lead, 44% to Sanders’$2 42%, within the poll’s margin of error.