Practically every news site today is heralding the victory of Hillary Clinton as she clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Now this blog is not meant to be political nor will it be a place where I will tout my political leanings. However it would be a travesty to let this day go by and not pay the respect it’s due. Today, Hillary Clinton has become the first woman in the 240-year history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket! For a country that has been the self-professed world superpower, that number….240 years with no female leader is not just absurd but un-effing-believable! Whether she goes on to become President of the United States or not, today’s day will be etched in history for centuries to come. I call that a victory for the XX chromosome!
I must say, plenty of other countries with women Presidents or Prime Ministers have had a leg up on the US for over 3 decades. India elected Indira Gandhi, their first ever female Prime Minister as early as 1966. Golda Meir was appointed PM for Israel in 1969. Margaret Thatcher, affectionately known as “Iron Lady” became PM of UK in 1979. One of the current in-power female entities, Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and has commanded the respect of the country and the world with her financial acumen and libertarian attitude. As of January 2015, there were a whopping 22 female world leaders in power. Hillary should be proud and humbled to join these ranks.
We’ve come a long way and then some over the last few centuries. While the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century brought women the right to join the workforce, it did nothing to address the blatant gender inequality. 1893 added another arrow into our quiver when New Zealand became the first country to bestow voting rights on women. This eventually culminated into the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, gradually building upon the egalitarian view our generation now gets to benefit from. We’ve gone from being caretakers, child bearers and housewives to ruling countries and sitting at the helm of Fortune 500 companies. Today’s woman can juggle a full-time job, negotiate a merger and still excel at the God-given role of mother and wife.
To quote Margaret Thatcher –
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
I for one, am glad for that extra X chromosome and here is a shout-out to all you awesome women out there that are trying to change the world one miracle at a time!