Would the Election of a Woman President Be Historic?
Should it Be?
For the first time in it’s history, the United States may elect its first female President. For some this is historic but for other’s – not so much.
The concept of powerful female leaders is not uncommon in the world. The Prime Minister of Germany, Angela Merkel, is a woman and England had a woman Prime Minister over 35 years ago. But, the United States has never had a woman President or even Vice President.
When the news came out that a woman may become the U.S. President, many women thought this was historic but many young women and girls didn’t agree. This was not history making to some because many girls believed that they would see a woman President in their lifetime. So it was kind of like, it’s not historic, it’s just time. There’s something about this that is fantastic! To many girls and young women the idea of a woman in such a high office is not earth shattering. Let us give you a different perspective…
- The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who was elected as prime minister of the island nation in
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony spent their lives fighting for women’s suffrage (women’s right to vote), but neither lived long enough to see the Amendment granting them the right to vote in 1920.
- The first person to make the daring attempt to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel was a woman in 1901. She survived with only a cut on her head.
- At the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, the only event open to women was figure skating. Only 15 women participated in these games.
- Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, women were not officially allowed to enter the race until 1972.
- In 1903, Mary Anderson, an inventor, was granted a patent for the windshield wiper, an invention that is on every automobile today.
Civilization, as we know it, has been around for a little over 6,000 years. Women have been recognized for making significant contributions (if we count the woman going over Niagara Falls in a barrel) or have held leadership positions for less than 2% of that time. So while it is great that some of us take for granted that the U.S. may have its first female President, it is still historic. In fact, less than 100 years ago, women couldn’t even vote for President in the U.S.
Women have made a huge difference (hello!?- windshield wipers) in the short time we have been making history. We owe a lot to all the amazing, trailblazing women who have come before us. But, yes, our contributions are still considered novel and history making. We dream of the time when they’re not. We can only imagine the day when our accomplishments are not started with “The First Female…” We look forward to the day when we don’t refer to women in power as “Female place title here” but just simply Prime Minister or President or Supreme Leader of the Whole Universe. 😀
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