Posted by: emrisko7 | August 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton is not the only one

This is something that’s been really bugging me, not just in this class, but since she announced her campaign. And it has nothing to do with my personal politics or my political opinions about Hillary Clinton. But I feel like it needs to be pointed out that there are SO many other powerful women in the world who have paved the way for women. Not just today, but throughout history: Marie Curie, Margaret Thatcher, Eleanor Roosevelt, Corazon Aquino, Madeleine Albright, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Park Geun-hye, Angela Merkel, Michelle Bachelet, Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra…the list goes on forever. I get frustrated by the fact that especially in America, there’s this automatic Hillary Clinton stigma when we think of powerful women, but there have been so many others all over the world who’ve had to make incredible sacrifices to accomplish what they have, and not to say that Hillary hasn’t faced barriers, because we all know that she has, but I wouldn’t exactly say she’s had a tough life. Watching that video about Malala Yousafzai made me so happy because she is the perfect example of a woman who has to fight be a leader and has spent her whole life facing oppressive obstruction every day.

So maybe its just a lack of awareness or an uncertainty about what various women today or in history have done specifically that causes us to revert back to referencing the same person over and over again. But I hope that as this class continues, we collectively get better at recognizing ALL of the women in leadership.

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Responses

  1. I agree, there are many other women that can be talked about when we talk about women leaders. And she is not the first woman to run for president, she’s just the first that actually got nominated. We should acknowledge those other ladies that made it possible for her to make it this far like Shonda Rimes said.

  2. I completely agree. I think, in general, we tend to forget the women who have already gone ahead and done great things in positions of power. We put so much emphasis on Hillary Clinton being the first female nominee for president, but in so many other cultures, women are already in the highest political positions of power, but they don’t get nearly as much attention.


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