A female President of the United States has eluded women since Victoria Woodhull ran in 1827 under the Equal Rights Party which supported women’s suffrage and equal rights. Nearly 200 years later a woman has still never been in the Oval office as President. Woodhull didn’t receive any electoral votes and yet she started a movement which is still underway today.
Women stand the chance to move forward and shatter the biggest glass ceiling-gaining the White House. After two years of speculations, Hillary Clinton finally announced that she is running for President in 2016. “I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. -H,” tweeted Clinton after the announcement was made official.
Even if you are not a Clinton supporter, there are ways you can help the conversation stay focused on what the candidate stands for and not for example, how old she is, or that she is a grandmother. These and other arguments as to why Clinton shouldn’t be President are often cited in the media to discount her credentials. Have a conversation with your daughter not only about who Hillary Clinton is, but why running at all is important.
4 Reasons Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bid Matters
- Shattering the ultimate glass ceiling
The most obvious reason that Clinton’s presidential bid is such a big deal is because it means she could be the first woman to become the president of the United States. Whether you agree with her politics or not, it is exciting to think a woman may at last become the next president.
- First female to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.
According to a recent poll by CBS news, Clinton already has 81% of the democratic party’s support, which means she is currently the front runner for the party.
- Putting the focus on Equal Pay
Clinton announced her candidacy two days after Equal Pay Day which highlights the fact that women still earn 78% of what men earn. Increasing minimum wage and affordable access to childcare are big pieces of Clinton’s agenda.
- Learn from failures and continue to pursue big dreams
Instead of taking her 2008 defeat as the end of her political career, she became Secretary of State to give her more experience in foreign affairs on a global scale. Clinton worked hard and was the most traveled Secretary of State ever.
Imagine what a different election we could have if we had not one but two women running- from both political parties for president. This would be the ultimate change in history and it is something we can all aspire to see happen.
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