We are celebrating and hope you are, too. In June Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Later this month we
expect that she will step to the podium in Philadelphia to accept the
Democratic party's nomination to become the first women ever to lead a
major party ticket in our country's history.
In today's sometimes ten-minute news cycle, many think this milestone is old news already. We think that something that took over 200 years to achieve is worth more attention - and some context setting.
At least 63 of 142 nations studied by the World Economic Forum have had a female head of government sometime in the last 50 years. Countries that currently have an elected female head of state include Germany, Liberia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Kosovo, Denmark, Jamaica and more.
Americans are ready to have a woman president. Pew Research shows that the majority of Americans believe that:
women are as capable of being good political leaders as men;
women and men are equal on leadership traits of intelligence and innovation; and
women do not lack toughness or management skills.
And, some think women would be better leaders.
Pew Research also found that:
34 percent of Americans think female politicians are better at working out compromises than men are. Only nine percent think men are better. The rest thought there was no difference.
34 percent think women are more ethical and honest; three percent think men are better in that area. The rest think there is no difference.
So why haven't we had a women president?
A top reason, given by 4 out of 10 polled, is that there is a double standard. It confirmed what many women already know from their own experience: Women have to do more than their male counterparts to prove their worth.
And Hillary Clinton has done more. This woman, with years in the political spotlight, has the most valuable experience of any presidential candidate. Period. She knows how the White House and the world work from her time as the first lady, as a U.S. Senator and as Secretary of State. She has a long history of working for human rights, which includes women's rights.
In this July issue, with a theme of "going solo" and the positive and negative ways that can play out in our lives, this is not the time to leave it to Hillary to go solo. She has earned and deserves our support. As she said in one of her book titles, "It Takes a Village."
Are you disappointed by the current tone and civility of public discourse? Do you want something other than name-calling and bullying in this political season? If so, what will you do to make change?
How about joining the campaign to elect the first female president! Volunteer to help get out the vote. Make phone calls, knock on doors, write a check, hold a house party, email your friends, bake cookies for other volunteers. Sign up here:
Let's make history in November!
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