The Best Man for the Job of President - A Woman?
A Woman for President
You have heard the saying dozens of times, "the best man for the job is a woman" and that is exactly how I guess some feel about the job of president. While there are more than twenty female Heads of State around the world, in North America a female president is nothing but an elusive dream. The United States has never had a female president. Canada had one female prime minister for a few months. Kim Campbell was Canada's 19th Prime Minister from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993. She was the first and only Prime Minister of Canada and only became Prime Minister by succession after the Prime Minister Brian Mulroney retired. In the United States there has never been a female president and very few have even tried.
Women who ran for President in the US
Less than a dozen women have dared to run for the highest office in the United States but were not successful.
1) 1872 Victoria Woodhull was a women's rights activist and a successful businesswoman who ran for President on the Equal Rights Party ticket. Not surprising, the status quo found a way to demonize her just days before the election. She was arrested and charged with obscenity for publishing details about the alleged adulterous affair of a prominent minister.
2) 1884 Belva lockwood ran as a candidate of the National Equal Rights Party. She was a lawyer and a Women's Rights and African American Rights advocate
3) 1920 Laura Clay, an advocate for white women's suffrage rights and was the first woman to have her name put up for the presidential nomination by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention.
4) 1964 after more than 40 years, another woman Margaret Chase Smith ran for President as a Republican. Her name was placed for nomination at the party’s convention and she was the first woman to serve in both the senate and House of Representatives
5) 1968 Charlene Mitchell of the Communist Party threw her hat in the ring for a chance to become president. She was the first African American woman to be nominated for president and had her name on the ballot.
6) 1972 was a year when four women ran for president. Shirley Chisholm was one of the more popular women to run for president. She was also the first African American woman to run for nomination as major political party candidate - the Democratic Party. Her slogan “Unbought and Unbossed” was also the name of her book and a documentary. She was the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party nomination. Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first Asian American to seek the Democratic nomination for President. She was a member of the US Congress Bella Abzug, a member of congress and Linda Osteen Jenness of the Socialist party also ran in 1972.
7) 2008 and 2016 Hilary Clinton a democrat, is on her second run for president. She first ran in 2008 against Barack Obama, some several decades after a slew of women ran in 1972.
Women who ran
After waiting for 8 years, Hilary Clinton is making another run for President. She is a lawyer, a senator, and she made history as the first First Lady to run for elected office in 2000. Hilary is the former Secretary of State under the Obama administration and former First Lady. She is currently leading in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination but Bernie Sanders is nipping at her heels and everyone is waiting with bated breaths to see if he catches her. Will another woman be denied the highest office in the land or will history be made? Will North America finally enter the 21st century in 2016 and elect a woman for president well over a century after the first woman ran for president of the United States?
Why the United States has never elected a female President
It is difficult to understand why there has never been a female president in the United States. Perhaps it is culturally a patriarchal rather than a matriarchal society. In the patriarchal society the male is always seen as the head of the family, community and yes, the government. In the matriarchal society it is the woman who is seen as the head. If you are a girl raised in a Patriarchal society, it is possible that you may not be encouraged to aspire to the highest office and if you do aspire to the highest office, you could be met with disdain by both woman and men. More reasons
Female Heads of State
Is it time for a female President in North America?
North America is lagging behind as far as electing a woman to the highest office in the land. In countries like Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil and many others, women have been elected to the highest office quite easily. Hilary Clinton is running for President of the United States for the second time and I don't think anyone can deny that she is more than qualified for the job. The question is whether or not North Americans are ready to elect a woman as president.