Women As President
Should there be women as the United States President? The controversy about this idea has many pros and cons, which are mostly based on people’s opinion and culture. In the eyes of most Americans (who actually care who the president of our great country is) believe sex doesn’t matter in politics. A survey taken by CBS found that ninety-two percent of adults now say they would vote for a woman for president from their political party if she were qualified for the job. This support has increased steadily over the past 50 years. In a Gallup poll conducted in 1955, 52 percent said they would support a woman for president. That number rose to 73 percent in 1975 and to 82 percent in 1987. Why did it take mankind so long to realize women are capable of doing jobs a man would usually do?
In this country and throughout the world men have always come before women especially when it comes to important jobs. Less than 100 years ago women couldn’t even vote, let alone be the president. Now woman can have just about any job a man can have, but discrimination is still an issue. For a long time women were at a disadvantage when it came to competing with men in the workplace. Women were not given the educational opportunities that men were, and women were stereotyped into certain jobs. Since the time when women entered the workforce they have been paid less than a man for doing the same job.
This upcoming election will be quite exciting, considering a very qualified woman will be running for president of the United States of America. If elected, will other countries think we are weaker with a lady in charge? Will America be more prone to an attack, or will this lady president show up every other president in history and be underestimated? What if countries gain so much respect for this woman and change their viewpoints about women all together? I thought it was interesting that one of the most famous symbols of our country is a giant statue of a Lady holding a torch. You would think we would have a powerful looking white man statue to symbolize out freedom, liberty and justice. Woman are naturally thought of as the weaker being in life and for that reason alone is why people are so skeptical about giving a women such an important role such as to be our president.
In other parts of the world women have no role in running their country. They must think we are crazy for letting girls into our political system. That’s an example of a difference in culture between people. Many people believe that all that women have the right to do is cook, clean and bear children. Many countries still don’t even allow girls to attend school. If a lady was elected would she be able to gain other leaders respect? Will it change their view points on what ladies are really capable of? Many believe a female president can get the job done yet others don’t want to risk it. We are in the middle of a war right now; would you trust a girl to lead our country through this? Some believe a woman wouldn’t be capable of leading a country into war. Just like you wouldn’t give a gun to a five year old, would you give a women access to nuclear weapons and more destructive technologies she would know what to do with?
Their have been many success with women in power in many other countries. They have proved that women in power can actually do a good job and be well respected. For example the queen of England was loved and very well respected by most all of England. She performed her job just as good, if not better than any other man.
Hilary Clinton is a prime example of a woman who many consider very qualified to be president. A lot of people think she was the real brains behind Bill Clinton’s success as president. It could be a real challenge for her handle all the criticism if she does make a mistake (which all presidents in history have). I could see people blaming it on her gender and she could be getting a lot more attention than normal. On the other hand she will have a lot of support behind her giving new inspiration to women across the world.
Women are naturally perceived as the nurturers of society. Would a woman as president tend to care more about helping the needy or feeding hungry children? People already make a fuss about spending too much money on a meaningless war, I can’t see much people complain about using money to help people. But who knows, people will complain about anything. I think the controversy wont end until a decent female president steps up to the plate. There will always be people who don’t like the current president but hopefully the first lady will be liked more that not. Do you really have to be a man to get the job done right? After all, Hillary must have some balls to step up and try the make United States political history.