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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.
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?