The crowd was massive in both numbers and cheers on that cold day of January 20, 2009. The shift in our nation’s politics was, in that moment, revolutionized and increasingly progressive as the first African-American man was elected as President of the United States.
Fast forward to 2016 to the most unprecedented election of all, where barriers were being torn down day-by-day by one party, while the other built ten more in its place. We are nearly two months into the new administration, and while the progressive nature of ‘2009 America’ has been comforting to those who value diversity and strive for it to be deeply rooted in the country, there is still one question that remains unanswered:
Will America ever be ready for a female President?
A discussion concerning the future politics of the nation is incredibly crucial for the success of all people within the nation. Yes, that involves all minorities, including both religious and racial elements. While Hillary Clinton was not the first female to run for President (look up Shirley Chisholm), she was the first female to be elected as candidate for a majority party and then carry on to win the popular vote. The mere fact that she was on the ticket marked immense changes in the mindset of conservatives and liberals, alike. However, the result of it all, as we are all well-aware, has provoked marches, protests, and demonstrations to show the administration that “We The People” are watching, listening, and demanding change.
Strictly speaking, if we must discuss political qualifications, Clinton was indeed the most qualified for the position behind the Resolute Desk. Clinton would have been well prepared for the purpose, especially because she has lived in the political and presidential environment for decades. We all must admit, even the conservatives out there, that Clinton’s repertoire is quite unlike that of President Trump’s and is magnificently proficient in the political capacity. This undeniable fact clearly denied the executive position to Clinton, however. The question is, why?
It simply cannot be about the emails that were found on a private server, because, if that was the case, then Vice President Pence would be denied position as the President understudy in this fanatical play of American politics. The sitting incumbent did not fail to mention the emails in any one of the debates, but used it to their advantage to raise question that loyalty of Clinton and the severity with which the situation should be held in the eyes of all Americans. Yet, the misogynistic undertones resurfaced the moment the administration was established, lacking in both diversity and political experience, removing any hope for equality in gender disparity.
The conversation is still relevant, no matter how deep we are in the administration. Men and women still need to be properly and equally represented. It is very clear, by the way the election carried out that the fact that Clinton is a woman was a flashing “NO” neon sign for so many around the country. If we are laying out the raw facts, the emails would not have been as large of an issue had she been a man. Also, the great number of successes in her life beginnings, her time at Yale, as First Lady, and as Secretary of State would have been outlined in greater detail, if not for the private server that kept resurfacing.
The conversation is still relevant, no matter how deep we are in the administration.
It is not to say that the Democratic Party did not have faults of its own, especially that concerning Senator Bernie Sanders, who would have been a superb choice for the presidency as well. Yet, it is safe to say that the current political climate worldwide would be severely different had the election gone in favor of the popular vote. There is no denying that experience in the field of politics is key to anyone who dares to stand a chance in that sector, and it is incontestably wrong to think otherwise.
Two months into this administration of billionaires and business moguls, we turn on the news to witness the Women’s March and other demonstrations, and are subjected to blatant tweets that have painted the image for the blunt misrepresentation of people of certain faiths, races, and orientations. When young children are looking at those around them, and observing someone of such high power within a nation, they have begun to see these things become normalized and almost “OK” to do and say, when they absolutely should not be.
Young girls saw a powerful woman in the run for the most formidable of opportunities, but witnessed a loss not to themselves, but to the country. America continues to be miles ahead of the rest of the world in so many ways, yet it still leaps behind in the progressive nature of female acceptance into fields of power. If we must make it as clear as possible, it is time to accept all people as equal—all races, religions, and genders. A woman does not need to be the President of the United States; the United States needs her to be its President.