As the paint on the wall begins to dry, all odds lean in favor of a Clinton Presidency making her the first female President of the United States; and, a female presidency comes at a time when the global image of women is continually changing.
Throughout the Millennics Podcast, and the LogicalPost.net blog, I have offered a critical view of a Trump Presidency, and policies therefrom. That being said, it is easily ascertainable whom I voted for in this general election—Hillary Clinton.
At the same time, Hillary was not my first choice to lead this country. Indeed, my first choice was Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland. A younger candidate, and certainly more moderate, I thought he fit the framework better than any candidate—Republican or Democrat. Unfortunately, O’Malley never saw his ratings go beyond 2% nationally, and, thus, fell out quickly.
Further still, I had one more candidate in line prior to Hillary: current Ohio Governor John Kasich. Similar to O’Malley, Kasich brought a slightly younger (compared to Clinton and Trump), more moderate profile to the candidate stage. And, again similar to O’Malley, Kasich failed to capture the interest of Americans.
Nevertheless, as the board pieces fell inline late Spring, the clear choice (for me) was Hillary Clinton on a policy v. policy matchup. I have opined—on multiple occasions—how Trump’s policies are not just wrong, but outright destructive to the U.S. Constitution, and the American economy. Moving beyond November 8, a Clinton Presidency brings not only the milestone of the first female President, but also a lasting change to the global image of women.
The World and Female Leaders
Amazingly, one of the most ignored, yet remarkable feats of a Clinton Presidency come January, is the world’s three most powerful westernized countries will be lead by women: Britain by Theresa May, Germany by Angela Merkel, and the U.S. by Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps, writers and pundits do not want to get ahead of themselves, but it should, at a minimus, be mentioned. May took office as Prime Minister in 2016; but, make no mistake, Britain has been in the forefront when it comes to women leading with Margaret Thatcher becoming the first female Prime Minister in 1979—who would later become known as the Iron Lady. Merkel took office as the Chancellor in 2005, making her the longest serving incumbent head-of-government in the European Union.
Inevitably, Hillary Clinton will assume the office of the President in January, creating a trifecta of women titans as heads of the most powerful countries. Consequently, the world will see a radical change in the idea of female leadership in government.
Moreover, with this change in female leadership in governance, there will likely be a spill over effect into the corporate sector. Thus, the trifecta of women titans in charge propels positive change for current and future women in the workforce, and government
Conversely, the population that finds it difficult to see women outside of a subordinate role will find Clinton’s Presidency a hard one to swallow. Similar to what happened along racial lines when President Obama became the first black President, a Clinton Presidency will have the same effect among gender lines.
Thus, the trifecta of women titans in charge of the most powerful countries in the world will have a considerable positive impact on the global image of females; however, at the same time, this positive impact will be met with rebuke among gender lines. Particularly, the source of this rebuke will be among those who are still married to traditional viewpoints of women being subordinate.
An Optical Challenge to Traditional Roles
A Clinton Presidency upends the ideas of traditional gender roles. Indeed, this takes form in two aspects: (1) A complete disregard of the traditional role of the First Lady, whereby a male will stand in as a supporting actor to the President, and; (2) the Vice President (VP), historically occupied by a male, continues its supporting role. This time, however, the male VP position supports a female President. Thus, a Clinton Presidency brings a women President to the forefront, supported by two male actors—Bill Clinton as the First Gentleman, and Tim Kaine as the Vice President.
The optics of a male supporting a female is fitting in many regards; but, most prominent of those, is the decades long transformation of gender roles in American society. Traditional gender roles have been turned on its head with more women entering the workforce to pursue their careers. Furthermore, the changing workforce has acted as part of the catalyst for the shift in the average American household, where couples now have equal roles, instead of subordinate ones.
By way of example, one of the largest challenges to traditional roles has occurred in the U.S. military. Here, the U.S. military committed itself to a grueling gender challenge over a four-year period. Previously, female service-members were prohibited to serving in combat occupational specialties, thereby limiting female service-members to subordinate combat roles. Today, female service-members, like their male counterparts, have no restrictions to which occupational specialty they may pursue during their military career.
Thus, the optics of a Clinton Presidency of a woman in the Office of the U.S. President—a position traditionally held by males—parallels the ongoing transformation of gender roles in American society.
Centennial of Women Suffrage in the U.S.
Another important, yet overlooked, milestone on the horizon is the centennial of women suffrage. Largely disenfranchised prior to 1920, women earned the right to vote by the ratification of the 19th Amendment. There, the 19th Amendment put it simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Thus, the 19th Amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.
With the centennial of women suffrage in the U.S. on the horizon, a woman seated in the Office of the President to commemorate women’s right to vote is almost a celestial aligning. Despite this celestial aligning, there is almost no better gender other than a woman to lead the commemoration of the centennial of women’s right to vote.
In sum, a Clinton Presidency creates a milestone by itself, where a woman will assume the Office of President of the United States for the first time. With this monumental change comes an equally substantial impact to the global image of women.
As is presently the case, gender roles continue to transform all aspects of society, including the American household, the corporate sphere, government, and the military. In tandem with this gender role transformation, Clinton’s Presidency advances the shift in gender roles by optics alone.
Here, Clinton’s Presidency will be flanked by two supporting male roles—the First Gentleman, and the Vice President. Additionally, Clinton joins the ranks of Theresa May and Angela Merkel, creating a trifecta of women titans leading the most powerful countries in the world. Therefore, the optics provides a substantial rebuke to traditional concepts of gender roles; fortunately, the women of today and tomorrow will live in these optics, and outside the milestones.