Women, rejoice! We now have a woman as the Democratic Nominee for the Presidency. Whether or not you support Hillary Clinton, really isn’t the point here. We all know she has supporters, and she has detractors.
What IS the point is that, finally, America has demonstrated that the right person to be the President of the United States, is the most qualified person to hold that office.
Why has it taken America so long to see the light? Look at Britain: Margaret Thatcher served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990; Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister of India from 1980 to 1984; and Golda Meir served as Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974.
If other countries broke this barrier as long as 47 years ago, what is it that has held us back?
CNN recently ran an article entitled, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” (http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/07/opinions/womens-voices-on-hillary-clinton-clinching-nomination-roundup/) in which 13 prominent women commented on Hillary Clinton achieving this historic event. While all of the women had interesting insights, Sahar Aziz, associate professor at Texas A&M School of Law (teaching national security and Middle East law), perhaps shed the most light on this subject:
“All too often I and my female colleagues in the legal profession have experienced the harmful effects of gender stereotypes. Having a strong personality,, taking the lead, and offering constructive criticism makes us abrasive, unprofessional, or worse.
Meanwhile, our male colleagues with similar personality traits are recognized as leaders and rewarded accordingly. Indeed, men are disproportionately over-represented in leadership positions as managing partners, judges and law school deans.
To be sure, just having a woman as president is not good enough to advance women’s equality. America needs a woman who is not ashamed of her strength of personality and confidently takes on the reins of leadership.”
Having worked within the legal profession for 48 years, I feel eminently qualified to comment on Ms. Aziz’s viewpoint — I believe she has cut to the very heart of the matter.
Women can, are and always have been, able to take on the “reins of leadership.” Women should not be held back by their accomplishments; rather celebrated for what the can and do bring to the table.
At the end of the day, it is the male culture that needs to reshape its paradigm and refocus their sights … without feeling uncomfortably threatened in the process.
If elected, Hillary will clearly make this America’s “litmus test” … one with one decisive factor.
And I am betting that she is most able — and most qualified — to grab those leadership reins and continue to make America the greatest place on the planet to live.