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Is America ready for a female president?

For a long time women have been seen as second class citizens, especially in matters related to politics. Over the years, women have been proving themselves to be just as capable as men and finally their voices are being heard. Since the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in America was passed more than 90 years ago, there appears to have been major efforts in creating political equality. Except for one thing; the United States has never had a female president. American politics is clearly no longer only for the middle-aged white man as we saw when African-Amerian president, Barack Obama, was voted in for a second term. Could this also mean that America might be ready to have a women in charge?

Rumour has it that we could have a new Clinton sitting at the white house desk in 2016 with 58% of democrats in lowa wanting Hillary to be the next president, according to Public Policy Polling. Clinton hasn’t commented on whether she would be running for leader or not, stepping down from her status as Secretary of state, instead suggesting she might take time off because she is ‘tired’. If she did run for the presidency then she would be one of the highest qualified candidates in recent history – she has been a member of the senate, is the United States’s 67th secretary and has already lived in the white house as the first lady.

We have also seen the current first lady, Michelle Obama, gain the heart of people across the country, being almost like a modern day Eva Peron. Being one half of the first black family in the white house, it is arguably the president’s relationship with his wife that contributes to his popularity. Through the use of social networking site ‘Twitter’, the Obamas remind everybody they are the perfect family. Once he had found out he had kept his presidency, Obama tweeted ‘Four more years.’ with a picture of him hugging Michelle – that tweet became the most retweeted in the history of the social networking site. Also, when Michelle Obama is asked to describe herself she doesn’t hesitate to say she is a mum. This perhaps is part of the reason why she has 8906413 likes on Facebook. The world clearly loves a good mum.

Both these women, Clinton and Obama, have won the heart of many in America. Clinton because of how she conducted herself in a family-crisis and Obama because she is a ‘wife and mum’. Maybe America is warming to the idea of having a ‘family-woman’ in charge and a first lord in the background.

In the 2008 elections, Sarah Palin’s became a face we all recognised. Whether we liked her or hated her she filled the internet with her bizarre comments (and still is – currently fighting hard on Twitter to deny that she is racist after her ”shuck and jive” comment about president Obama on her Facebook page) and became the second women to make it onto a U.S major party ticket. It was feared by a few that Palin could have jeopardised women’s chances in American politics for years to come by spending $150,000 of campaign contributions on clothing, hair styling and makeup and because she gained the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since 1988. Was this because of something she said? Or was this because she is a woman? Perhaps the latter, as a country that can vote George Bush in twice shouldn’t mind a ridiculous comment every so often.

There has been many other women rising to the top of American Politics in recent times. Condeleeza Rice, the first African-American women to be Secretary of State. Michelle Bachmaan, a candidate to be the leader of the republican party 2012. Jan Brewer, the current Governor of Arizona. How have these women come so far but not gone all the way? I am not suggesting that it is simply just because they are women that they have only been able to go so far because I would also not vote for somebody with homophobic, ‘pro-life’ views (for all situations – including for victims of rape). However, I do find it strange that males who share these views have found themselves leading the most powerful country in the world. It clearly isn’t their ideologies that have stopped these women from reaching the top.

With the majority of U.S politicians on Twitter, it suggests that American politics has been brought into the modern world, isn’t it about time they were modern enough to have a female president? There are many women that shouldn’t be president of the United States. There are also many men that shouldn’t be, even though some of those have managed to become so. But if a women such as Hillary Clinton offers to take control, America should probably let her. After all, as @peacelovebren reminds us on Twitter, the saying was “I strongly believe we should all support President Clinton, and her wife Bill”. The woman has basically already been in charge of America once, so let her be again.

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