Friday, September 9, 2016

Women in the White House - Not just as the First Lady

Link to article:
Did Hillary Clinton HAVE to be first? NYTimes article/podcast

This article discusses a woman's chance at attaining the US presidency and the qualities necessary for that chance in the US. The article makes reference to previous female government officials such as Isabel Martínez de Perón of Argentina and Hattie Wyatt Caraway--both of whom were wives of men who were officials first. Gail Collins ( A New York Times writer who has written several books on women's history ) says that “Given our history it’s not surprising it’s the wife of somebody who had the job first”. Before Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008, it wasn' considered 'normal' for a woman to be running for the presidency.
A short excerpt from the article:
" “The irony is that everyone always would pat women on the head and say ‘well you know as soon as a woman is qualified there will be a woman president,” Senator McCaskill said. “Now we have a stark differential in qualifications, and now it seems to be all about her integrity and how likable she is.” "
Former Representative Rick Lazio of Long Island further speaks on the topic, giving another standpoint on the struggles of running against a female in politics. During his time running against Hillary in 2000, he was faced with the repercussions of the surprising volatile crowd after what was supposed to be the pinnacle of a debate.    

The momentous events of Hillary Clinton's previous political endeavours are

 near overshadowed by her current presidential campaign. We see the 

effects of her campaign every day as the November elections grow nearer. 

Will we be seeing the first Americain female president this year? 
Discussion Questions:
What sort of qualities or leverage does it take to support a female running for a government position? Are there different standards or expectations of female officials? Was it necessary for Hillary to be the former wife of a president to get this far?


  1. People underestimate women a lot, in anything they do. Women can be just as great as man and in my opinion I do not think its neccesary for women to have extra qualities. Woman can run this just like men. This discussion question can go either way, but even though women can do what men can I think Hillary had a better chance to run because of her husband, I'm not saying she couldn't have done it herself. In my opinion i just think she had a boost.

  2. I completely agree with Ivana. While women can be successful in politics on their own, however there is not doubt that Hillary had a bit of help because her husband was a prior president. Unfortunately, when most women are in a higher position or trying for a higher position, people seems to not see them as working as hard and don't give them as much respect as a man for example.

    1. I appreciate you and Ivanna's feedback, I too believe that women can run just like men. However, I am curious about one thing- Do you guys believe that female officials are respected the same as male officials?
      Of course female and male candidates are regarded with equal opportunity by the law, but do you feel that the people, citizens, the media, etc., judge female candidates differently than male candidates?

      Just something to think about, I know not many people openly judge males and females differently, but we live in a country with stigmas to overcome.

    2. I totally agree with you Amber. I also believe that both female and male officials are treated the same,in this time at least, because we have had many female officials. I think the way they are treated are based on what they bring to the table.

  3. Honestly women could also do lot's of things men could do. They should both be treated the same way. woman could run just like men that's so true.

  4. I think it definitely helped Hillary that her husband was president first. However, I think that female candidate(s) and officials are treated completely different. For example, I have seen some articles strictly judging, criticizing, or simply discussing Hilary's fashion choices ( One will typically never find articles discussing the wardrobe of a male candidate. Women who partake in politics are often ridiculed in what they're wearing rather than the things coming out of their mouths, like the link to the article provided. In this way, women are viewed differently by media than men are. Additionally, women are sometimes objectified, especially according to what they are wearing; if their skirt is "too short" or their top cut "too low." With male politicians, they will never be objectified or judged by what they are wearing because the standard is a simple suit. In this way, men are treated differently in regards to objectification.