Posted by: alliehackbarth | January 23, 2013

Woman for President, Concrete Wall or Labyrinth?

Last week in class we discussed the evolution of the Concrete Wall Theory into the new proposed Labyrinth Theory. The Concrete Wall was created to symbolize that in most professions women could not advance at all, and the option to advance was non-existent. Soon the Concrete Wall transformed into the Glass Wall. Women were able to obtain new positions in the work field, and now women were able to see “through the glass” the job opportunities ahead of them, but still had a force working against them. Now the labyrinth, women are not denied opportunity, they just have a maze of obstacles along the way. It is presented to 21st century women that most professions are within reach and discrimination amongst the work place has been eliminated. But has it? Women now have obtained more political power through the Senate and Judicial Branch. Women lawyers are now more common thanks to the advances made by Sandra Day O’Connor  In education, women hold a good amount of the positions, including University Presidents. Science…healthcare, name one profession women are still denied access. How about the President of the United States?

In 2009, Barack Obama was elected the First African American President. Obama has been the first of 44 Presidents to differ from the standard Middle-Aged, White, Upper-class Male. This is groundbreaking for a country that started out with such segregation and has progressed to a level of equality where an African American could be elected. In four years from now, would the country be willing to elect a woman President?

I believe that there is a still a Glass Wall in existence for women trying to become President. Women are believed to have the ability to apply for any job, but for the Oval Office, many have tried and failed. For some reason the United States is not ready to elect a Woman for President. Something within our culture prevents a majority of people from having trust in woman’s capability in a position with that much power.  But a quick poll around the library actually showed most men and women answered “maybe” to the question of if they would vote for a woman candidate. Most people reacted to the question “if she was equipped and capable, I do not see an issue.” One female commented on her worry that women base too many decisions based on emotion rather than rational reasons, but still put her decision as a “maybe.” One or two generations ago, a majority of the answers would have been “no.” A woman for president was not plausible during that period. We as a society are slowly getting there.

 If society has advanced so much, then why has no woman been elected as a candidate for the presidency yet? Maybe there has not been a candidate strong enough to build credibility. Now with the amount of Women Senators, women are gaining that political experience that male candidates already have. Women are slowly but surely leveling the playing field in many professions,  and because of this, by next generation we might see the first Woman President. 


  1. Many people say they would vote a woman president into office but I think I have a proposition for to your question as to why if this is true then why haven’t we elected a female into office. Although many people you asked said they would appoint a woman into office, you have to look at the demographic in which you are polling. Our generation is much more accepting of gender diversity and acceptance. With this being said, look at the voting demographic. A majority of those who vote are of an older less accepting generation. I feel as if as our generation will continue to share its acceptance and tolerance and more of the voting population will be more willing to vote in a female president over time.

  2. This is certainly a valid point, and I agree with Catherine’s statement about the voting demographic. Personally, I haven’t seen a candidate yet that I would vote for who also happened to be a woman, but that’s not surprising when you consider the fact that a vast majority of the candidates are men, and we generally only like a very small amount of the candidates presented to us anyway. Therefore, when an even smaller percentage of those options are women, the chances of your ideal candidate being from that category are significantly smaller. We need to see more options and more women running for president before the pool is large enough that a majority of citizens can back a candidate. It’s just as hard to find a competent man for president as it is to find a competent woman, we just have more options in men thus far in our history than women.

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