One of the most famous quotes in American history is from the Declaration of Independence, in which Thomas Jefferson wrote, “All men are created equal.” But there’s still one unanswered question: what about the women?
With the presidential election fast approaching, there is one topic that needs to be discussed: when is the United States going to elect a female president? The United States is considered one of the most advanced and tolerant countries in the world. Isn’t it time that we finally elect someone who’s not male? I think so.
For centuries women have been — and still are — fighting to be seen as equals to men. Some say that the war has already been won, but I adamantly disagree. Women are constantly falling behind men in numerous sectors. Perhaps the most prevalent gap is in the area of government positions.
Even though women make up over half of America’s population, only 90 of 535 seats in Congress are held by women: a meager 17%. And no woman has ever held the position of vice president or president of the United States. Some people say a woman in office is a drastic change, but I can’t see why. More than 30 countries in the world have managed to do it, and I am very certain that we can.
As a strong believer in equality, I firmly believe in the idea of a female president. It angers me when I see intelligent, qualified female candidates passed over for their less accomplished male counterparts, for the mere reason that they are women. Eleven percent of registered voters say they wouldn’t vote for a female candidate no matter their qualifications.
The fact that millions of people wouldn’t vote for a woman just because of her gender is, to me, appalling. Not only is it blatantly sexist, but also intolerant and unjust. It makes me ashamed to live in a country where people still see women as inferior to men.
So why is America’s mindset so set against women leaders? Maybe it’s how we see a woman’s role in society. When all of us imagine a typical American family, most of us see the woman working in the kitchen, not the office. Some say our ways come from how we were raised. Even as babies, girls are often treated differently than boys.
This suggests that maybe our generation has already been tainted. But I think not. In fact, I think it is us who will change things. Maybe our parents’ generation wasn’t open-minded enough to elect a female leader, but I think ours is. We are living in a time of change, and I believe that our generation can stand up and help pave the path for a more tolerant future.