The question flooding the internet and one of the popular topics of discussion going around is why women can be anything but not President? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles, material, blogs, pub-talk, television talk-shows and much more on this subject, largely in America.
The sudden surge in the frenzied and passionate interest on the topic is the result of Hillary Clinton’s loss to President-elect Mr. Donald Trump in a bitterly fought election. One can safely surmise that it is nothing but the outcome of the elections, which will soon be put on the back burner.
The same was believed about African Americans until the myth was broken on November 4, 2008, when Barack Obama was elected President of U.S. Not only that, he also won a second term.
His transition to the White House was an unprecedented event in the long political history of America. This firmly endorses the belief in oft-repeated sayings like “there’s always a first time”, “nothing is impossible”, “keep trying until you succeed” and so forth.
While these sayings proved to be true for an African American, it is my emphatic belief that the same will hold true for women of all races, hopefully, sooner rather than later. There will come a time when a woman will occupy the President’s chair at the Oval Office. Why not? Well, it almost happened in the just concluded elections, didn’t it?
Why have people forgotten that there have been numerous women Heads of States in various countries across the globe? Just to name a few from a long list:
President Simonetta Sommaruga, Switzerland ;
Kersti Kaljulai, Estonia;
President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan;
Acting President Doris Bures, Austria;
Dilma Vana Linhares Rousseff, Brazil;
President Pratibha Patil, India;
Acting President Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, South Africa;
And many others, from as far back as in 1940 when Head of State Khertek Anchimaa-Toka, People’s Republic of Tannu Tuva remained in power from April 1940 to October 1944.
However, despite the fact that there have been women Presidents in many countries, America is yet to be led by a woman. Keeping in mind the three oft-repeated sayings I mentioned earlier it’s just a matter of time before America has a woman president at the White House.
If we can have women as commercial pilots, women in the armed forces, women doctors, women holding high political profiles, women CEOs, women surgeons; and most importantly women Heads of State in various countries, there is no reason why we can’t have a woman President in the U.S.
The point “Why Women Can Be Anything, Just Not President” is not true. It applies mainly to the U.S. – Hence, all the hue and cry. Numerous analyses and opinions have emerged about this question but my personal belief is that a woman President in the U.S is an inevitable fact of the future – time will tell.
Some of the opinions being formed and talked about why the U.S. has not had a woman President in its longish history are:
One such report says Mrs. Hillary Clinton lost the election for being a good woman, playing by the rules. During her concession speech, she looked pretty composed for a woman who had just lost to Trump – one of the biggest upsets in elections ever.
In her concession speech on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton gave another glimpse of her graciousness in defeat by urging her supporters they owed Donald Trump “an open mind and the chance to lead.” She apologized for her defeat and told all the young women “Nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.”
Everyone has a right to give a reason for Hillary’s defeat; however, in my personal opinion, being a woman was not at all the reason for her defeat. The fact of the matter remains, that Trump got more votes than her not because she is a woman. He won because he ran a better election campaign than Hillary, against all pre-election speculation about his imminent defeat.
Among other reasons like his brutal honesty, his political manifesto appealed more to the people, in spite of all the derogatory and inflammatory comments he made against Muslims, women, immigrants and Hispanics.
The nation has to accept the fact that he got more votes which are indicative of his popularity in the country. People surely did not vote for Trump to spite Hillary for being a woman. One does not cut off one’s nose to spite the face.