Unless you have been asleep for a year or so, you are aware that women are becoming more prominent in the political arena than ever.
Thus far, female Democrats in the House have the highest win rates in the 2018 midterms — outperforming their male counterparts by almost 20 points.
To push the top of the glass ceiling even further, four women have made it known that they are throwing their name into the presidential hat for the year 2020.
Thus far, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard have all shared their views on public policy that are not only in vast opposition of one another, but also proves that you don’t have to be a man to stand firm on your opinions and beliefs.
With women being thrust into the forefront of the political arena, one must ask whether this will ensure the solidarity of women socially, politically, and economically.
Women have waited for their moment to make a dent into what has been a male dominated scene for years. Is it their time now? If so, will it make any difference?
The most notable woman to attempt to grab the wheel of the White House thus far was Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016. Hillary ran against Trump and, when she lost, disappeared for a while only to resurface around the time of the announcements of nominations and candidate interests for the 2020 presidential election.
Although Hillary made it clear that she was not interested in running again, she did not hesitate to blame sexism on the cause for her losing in 2016.
She continues to share quotes from her book “What Happened” at any given moment by saying that “both sexism and misogyny are endemic in America” in her effort to show how being a woman led to her failure to win the presidential seat.
She might not be too far off, according to Pew research, however. Research shows that two-thirds of Americans think that it’s easier for a man to get elected than a woman. Additionally, a poll by the Economist shares that only 31% of Republicans are “entirely comfortable with a woman president.” These numbers share a slim view of how some might feel about having a woman as our Commander in Chief. As it turns out, not everyone agrees that sexism had a role in Clinton’s defeat.
Scholars who analyzed the election of 2016 stated that “indicators suggested that the public seemed quite ready to elect a woman president in 2016, but the data did not mean that voters did not or are not influenced by gender in evaluating candidates.” The same way we evaluate the way a man looks, talks, walks, and behaves when running for office is the same way women can expect to be analyzed by the public, undoubtedly. True, there are minor differences and prejudices, but apparently women are beginning to break past those barriers also.
Many women wonder if having a female president will somehow assist in unifying women across the globe. This can be easily answered by looking at the presidency of Barak Obama. African-Americans were under the impression that Obama would create policies that would benefit the plight of their experiences.
Unfortunately, this did not prove to be so. The four women who are currently running for presidency have not really shared their views on how they would improve the plight of all women throughout the United States. Instead, they have focused on those things that would bring us together as a nation. This is exactly how it should be, especially given the fact that these women will be scrutinized and examined for their stance on every issue available.
Is 2020 the year of the woman? Maybe. One thing is for sure…whether a woman wins the presidential seat or not, she has proven that she has everything it takes to be a strong contender.