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Is the United States ready for a female president?
In today’s world, slogans for equality in workplaces have dominated social media. There is no doubt that equality is vital in any society, and is crucial for a nation to success. Moreover, it not only breeds confidence, but also unites people and leads to economic progress. In the US, women have come a long way since granted the right to participate in elections in 1920 (Gidlow 433) by the 19th amendment. There are moreover women in all professional fields today, except that of the White House, and not only as the first Lady. However, many people are skeptical about the possibility of having a woman as the president. The purpose of this essay is to persuade readers on why the United States is indeed not ready for a female president through highlighting the looming gender inequality and sexism that is still present in in today’s world, which are very strong factors holding back the country’s first female president.
Outdated gender roles still dictate extensively the economic roles that are assigned to men and women in society. Before examining what readiness to become the first female president means, it is crucial to understand what women are viewed as from a social angle. According to Fathalla (331), “Woman is a womb.” This outlines the main role of women in today’s society – caregivers. For generations, women have been confined to their ‘feminine nature’ which often encompasses being wives, mothers and objects of lust; thus end up being excluded from political activities. Gender plays no part in halting women’s ability to partake in political leadership positions, but ignorance blinds people from understanding this fact. The US is therefore not where it is supposed to be in as far as gender equality is involves, which limits the chances of a ‘Ms. President’ from sitting in the oval office. Despite all the recent efforts being put towards the fight for gender equality in professional fields, the right time for a woman to be the highest authority in the White House might never come. According to Lopez (3), this might be so because w