Could a Female be President of the United States?
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Sometimes the bearers of a species' children can be the bearers of a nation's success. Throughout the history of mankind, women have played a cricial role in creating a better life for the societies that they live in. They have brought forth beneficiary changes for the world. Despite this, however individuals in many cases even women themselves believe that women are not fit to lead society into changes. Yet why is this? One of the strong examples in the developed world where one would expect women to be treated better is in the United States of America. Many believe that women are not fit to lead America. This is a strong issue that must be resolved so women no longer fear speaking out for their country. A female could easily lead the United States of America due to how equally capable they are to men, as exemplified many times.
Reason 1: History
If one looks back in history, they can see how capable women have been in many cases as leaders. Throughout history there have been those times that women have lead societies to success and not men and have done a just as good job if not better. A strong quote to exemplify this point is when Eleanor Roosevelt said once, "A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." 1 Women often are overlooked as not being capable as leaders yet they often are not given the opportunity to be leaders. The few women that have been put into leadership, however brought their nations to success. For example, Joan of Arc was put into the position of leading the French Army and bringing France to victory in the Hundred Year Wars. She was overlooked for being a woman yet once she was trusted into power she successfully led her nation. She was an important turning point for France in the Hundred Year Wars. 2 Another strong example is Catherine II of Russia. She was overlooked for being a female and thought to have not been capable of carrying on the legacy that Peter the Great, the man before her tried to bring yet she proved the critics wrong. She successfully expanded Russia's sphere of influence farther into Europe, and contributed greatly in the Russian colonization effort. She boosted the Russian economy significantly by acquiring regions strong in resources such as grains, furs, etc. She annexed regions such as Crimea, Eastern Poland, and successfully controlled much of Russia's diverse Far East region. 3 A more local example of woman leadership being successful is through Hillary Clinton. Despite much of the criticism that she has recieved she has helped America in many ways. She began as first lady, then secretary of state, and now plans on running for President in the 2016. She has exemplified how women can help America by doing many useful acts. For example she created the Children's Health Insurance Program, helping thousands of kids around the U.S who cannot afford Health Insurance, saving their lives in many cases by letting them use hospitals when needed. She has also created many other health programs. 4 A final example of women leading in history is during the French Revolution. Numerous women during the French Revolution led the Women's March on Versailles which was a liberal march led due to the high price of bread for women and other goods. It was what led to many people in France to rebel against the monarchy and create a Republic. 5 As one can easily see from these examples, women easily can be just as capable as men can in leadership so how are they not as capable as men are in leading the United States?
"The main reason is that Women don't have the correct mentality, nor are they respected by countries where women are seen as less than men. I mean take this for example: A female President has to go and discuss something with a leader from a country like Saudi Arabia, there is no way that the Leader of that country is going to respect anything that woman would have to say."
Women in some cases do not have the right mentality but it all depends on the indivudual, not the gender. Men in many cases don't have the right mentality either when it comes to leadership. In many cases it has been men that have been the poor leaders, not women. For example there is Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia (Romania). He is credited for having impaled numerous inocent merchants from foreign nations, diplomats, and even inocent citizens themselves. He killed many Wallachians for no reason. 6
It is true that in some countries women are not taken as seriously like in the Middle East as mentioned, but the United States is one of the most powerful nations in the world. Even if the leader of the U.S was a female, leaders from other nations would still take America very seriously because the U.S is very important in diplomacy. The U.S is the 3rd most populous nation in the world, has the most funded military, and has numerous bases and embassies around the world. The U.S also has a high status in the United States, and for other countries to get what they wish when it comes to voting they need to get on the U.S's good side in order to get what the desire. The same goes with China, Russia, and other nations of high status. 7, 8, 9
"Another thing, there will be times where going to war with another country will be necessary. The female mentality is to avoid any kind of retaliation/war/conflict possible just so that someone who would have been in the wrong place at the wrong time wouldn't get hurt. Im not sexist I just don't think it will/would work To have a female president."
The female mentality is NOT to avoid retaliation, war, or conflict. Like many others women will declare war if neccessary in many cases. Once again it depends on the individual, not the gender. Women in many cases have declared wars. For example, Margaret Thatcher, a past prime minister declared war on Argentina during the Falklands War because she felt like it was necessary to defend the British citizens of the Falklands. 10 Most leaders do not want conflicts, wars, etc. They only do so if it is necessary. No matter the gender.
1. ("Women Quotes", Brainyquotes)
2. (Vale, Malcome, "Saint Joan of Arc biography - French Heroine", Britannica)
3. ("Catherine II", Bio, A&E Television Networks, 2015, Web, 24 April, 2015)
4. ("Hillary Clinton", Bio, A&E Television Networks 2015, Web, 24 April, 2015)
5. ("Women's March to Versailles", mtholyoke)
6. (Lallanilla, Marc, "The Real Dracula:Vlad the Impaler", Livescience, Web)
7. ("Population by country", Worldometers")
8. ("Defense Budget by Country", Globalfirepowers)
9. ("Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In The World", Mapsofworld)
10. ("Key Facts: The Falklands War", BBC)
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