A major United States political party officially has its first female presidential nomination. This is huge. Regardless of your politics or how you feel about Hillary Clinton, you must admit that this is an important milestone in women’s history in the nation. Really, it should have happened long ago. How is it that the United States of America, a country seen around the world as being a leader on the global stage, took so long to get here?
First of all, it’s important to remember that women weren’t legally able to vote nationwide until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified. We went 144 years as an independent nation before we allowed a significant portion of our population the right to vote, the right to choose whom they wanted to represent them. While I don’t think that this is the only factor (after all, the first female US Congresswoman was actually elected to office in 1916, just beating suffragate), I do think it is a hugely important one.
Then there’s the fact that even after one person is the first brave soul to do something, it always takes a while before the next brave person catches onto what they’re doing and supports them. Once that person takes a leap of faith, though, and others begin to see the movement that can happen if enough people join in, the movement can grow quickly (this Youtube video is a silly representation of this). So we have just had a few brave souls thus far throw their hat into the ring, but hopefully now that other women see that it is possible for someone of our gender to have a viable option of getting to the White House (it’s as close as ever to a real 50/50 now, rather than a Maggy Otte 50/50*), they will be more willing to give it a shot themselves.
In the end, it’s massively important that young girls will now be seeing a strong (and let’s be real, Hill’s got the strengh of Babe to be able to get through her campaigns, the times when she is least loved by the people she represents) woman consistently on TV vying for the top job in the country. It’ll be like seeing a real-life lady boss emoji all the time.
*The Maggy Otte 50/50 is the idea that either something is or isn’t; either it will be accomplished or it won’t. For example, my own actual odds of being the first female president are probably 1000000/1; I currently have no politcal aspirations, so it’s very unlikely to happen. However, my Maggy Otte Odds of being the first female president are 50/50; either I will be the first female president or I won’t be.