A Woman President: Is America Ready?

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U.S. made history by electing Barack Obama to the highest office but are we ready for a woman president?

A recent poll indicated that 76 percent of women say they are ready for a woman president. More importantly they believe the country is ready for a woman president.

The Democratic Party has nominated Hillary Clinton as their candidate for president. She is the first women to achieve this for a major party.

Believe it or not men are more apt than women to say the nation is ready for a woman president. This fact is keeping in line with women being more apt to say women face discrimination.

Millennial women who participated in the Democratic primaries were more likely to support Bernie Sanders, while older women were heavily in Clinton’s favor. However, 45 percent of the country say that it’s very important for the nation to elect a woman president during their lifetime.

In an interview with Vogue magazine, the former Secretary of State Clinton was asked if she thought the U.S. was ready for a woman president. She replied, “You know, I really don’t know. I think there is still a very deep-set of concerns that people have.”

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, what can we expect?  Clinton unveiled an initiative that would give $25 billion to HBCUs in an effort to combat the rising costs of college tuition.

She has taken a stand to ‘Ban the Box’ which refers to the check box on job applications asking, “Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony?” The Fair Chance Act was passed to give a better chance for people with a criminal past to find employment.

Clinton pushed to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol in 2007, supports #BlackLivesMatter and supports the death penalty in cases of heinous crimes.

She is focused on fixing the criminal justice system, going after all racism, ending private prisons, and ending incarceration of low-level offenders.

Clinton was there in the Situation Room, along with President Obama and other leaders during the take-down of Osama Bin Laden. She has a vast knowledge of foreign policy, as well as a long political career.

She believes that abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right, supports companies being legally required to hire women and minorities, and supports same-sex marriage.

It’s more about being ready for a woman president. Individually, we have to decide if we support what she stands for and how she will carry this country for the next four years.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect presidential candidate. There are going to be some things that you won’t agree with or support.  I believe the key is to know where the candidates stand on issues that are important to you.

However, we do have the power to make informed decisions and carry that power to the polls. Make sure you vote! As women our voices have to be heard.

 

Archuleta Chisolm

Senior Writer

Archuleta is a brave soul without wings. She is a self-published author of three books, poet, freelancer, speaker, pen junkie, and U.S. Army veteran. She has a passion for encouraging women to be the best version of themselves. Made in Kansas City, Living in Houston.