Posted by: ryanpatecell | October 3, 2012

Women Leaders in Politics

Within the past few weeks, a lot of events have occured within the political sphere. Our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was forced to address the anti-Muslim video that circulated the internet and caused uprisings in the middle east and other locations around the world. Personally, I believe that Hillary was a very eloquent speaker. She made it clear that the government was not involved with the making of the video in any way. She believes the video to be ‘disgusting’ and ‘reprehensible’ and was made in attempt to provoke rage. The United States condemns the violence, but will not stop enforcing the right to free speech and free expression. While many people have respect for Hillary Clinton and acknowledge her as a world leader, her appearance and tone of voice always seems to come up in discussion. Just glancing over a few of the youtube comments left me disgusted with society and how we treat each other. One viewer called Hillary a puppet while another viewer called Hillary ‘disgusting’ and ‘reprehensible’. While each person’s definition of a leader is slightly different, I think we can all agree that Hillary Clinton works hard at her job and can be viewed as a leader.


  1. You make a good point here. Social identities – gender and beyond – influence the perceiver, making it challenging to listen unbiasedly to the message without considering the messenger. (I also purposefully avoid reading the “comments” – most often they do not reflect constructive dialogue, a disappointment in what could be a fruitful public forum.)

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