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What it Would Mean for America to Elect its First Female President

27 Mar

From the initial inception of society, the exclusion of women from institutional politics was an extension of their exclusion from the public space. Traditionally, women, even those who worked outside of the household, took care of the family, the domestic space and were in charge of “reproduction”, while men had the most important roles in society, especially those related to politics, religion and war. With time, however, this sexual division of labor became less marked, thanks to the mobilization of women themselves.

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Ever more present since her private meeting with President Obama on Monday, is the mounting speculation over whether Hillary Clinton will soon announce a presidential run. And of course there is discussion on whether a woman is equipped to run the country.

To begin, I would like to reiterate to my readers that Feminism is a practice, NOT a single person or outcome. Despite the views of some of my peers, feminists are not “women who want to become men.” Conversely, feminism is a scope, a lens if you will, for looking at the world, and aims for attaining even ground and destruction of any influencers that may exist which perpetuate unfair advantages favoring men over women. Feminism does NOT define women as victims. Feminism recognizes that men are biologically built for some duties better than women and vice versa. There is not contesting that. But what feminism yearns for is an equal consideration between women and men where gender should not be a bias. This applies to jobs and things as simple as purchasing a new car.

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For me, I think a female president would be able to finally mediate the tired, drawn-out arguments over birth control and abortion access. And while I don’t think anyone, man or woman should have the power to exercise an absolute decision over what a woman can and cannot do with her own body, a female president would be more empathetic than a man to rape culture and therefore better motivated to address and educate society’s acknowledgment to obvious and unobvious (normalized) forms of sexual violence.

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The good news is that most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership,

So why, then, are women in short supply at the top of government and business in the United States? According to the public, at least, it’s not that they lack toughness, management chops or proper skill sets.

It’s also not all about work-life balance. Instead, topping the list of reasons, about four-in-ten Americans point to a double standard for women seeking to climb to the highest levels of either politics or business, where they have to do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves. Similar shares say the electorate and corporate America are just not ready to put more women in top leadership positions.

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As a result, the public is divided about whether, even in the face of the major advances women have made in the workplace, the imbalance in corporate America will change in the foreseeable future. About half (53%) believe men will continue to hold more top executive positions in business in the future; 44% say it is only a matter of time before as many women are in top executive positions as men. Americans are less doubtful when it comes to politics: 73% expect to see a female president in their lifetime.

If Hillary was to win the 2016 election, I think it would be a catalyst in kick starting a new movement where women would feel more confident and empowered to succeed and inspired to become more politically active. Women have come so far, it would be very liberating, at least for me, to elect a female president. It is one of the last frontiers we have yet to claim.

Quick Facts:

Women are far more likely than men to see gender discrimination in today’s societyAbout two-thirds (65%) of women say their gender faces at least some discrimination in society today, compared with 48% of men who believe women face some discrimination. A double-digit gender gap on perceptions of gender discrimination is evident across all generations as well as across partisan groups.

Women and men are seen as equally good business leaders, but gender stereotypes persist. Most Americans (54%) say men would do a better job running a professional sports team, while just 8% say women would be better at this. And a 46% plurality also give men the edge when it comes to running a large oil or gas company. But the public is two and a half times more likely to say a woman, rather than a man, would do a better job running a major hospital or a major retail chain.

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Please share your thoughts; I love reading the different perspectives of my readers.

Cambodia’s SALT Academy Challenges Gender Discrimination

26 Sep
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SALT Might Girls Football Program

I absolutely love stumbling upon unexpected treasures. As I was watching House Hunters International yesterday, (one of my guilty pleasures) a young woman was searching for a rental in Battambang, Cambodia, where she works as a coach for the community’s SALT program. I became so enthralled with the group, I had to research it further and share it with you.

SALT provides recreational activity and holistic development to the youth of Cambodia by teaching life skills education and building positive relationships through a community-based football program.

The organization gives young adults an opportunity to use and further develop their skills and become leaders in their community. They gain valuable experience for future jobs – through volunteer and internship opportunities, mentoring by SALT staff, and leadership lessons.

What struck me most is their Mighty Girls program, which aims to realize the real value of jobs and participation in womans’ football and prevent individual cases of human trafficking by empowering and supporting exceptional young female players in education and training.  They work towards the following objectives:

  • Provide a safe space and prevent human trafficking:

Battambang is a major source and transit hub for human trafficking, especially for uneducated girls from rural areas. Mighty Girls gives at-risk individual girls a safe alternative and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer education through coaching and outreach in schools and villages.

  • Educate a generation of female leaders:

Women remain underrepresented in higher education and positions of leadership in Cambodia. By supporting top-level academic scholarships and ensuring one-on-one mentoring, Mighty Girls magnifies the positive effects of team sports to build the next generation of female leaders.

  • Empower women’s football and challenge gender discrimination:

Women’s Football in Cambodia is still in its infancy, yet the impact of girls succeeding in a traditionally male-dominated sport is already challenging gender discrimination throughout society. Mighty Girls play in the boys division of SALT league and formed the core of the first-ever Cambodian Women’s National Team in 2011.

The Mighty Girls program also has dormitories to house at-risk girls, and provides free schooling  to girls of low-income families. I encourage everyone to subscribe to their newsletter or get involved with the program by donating like I did!

Learn More: http://saltacademy.net/

Subscribe to SALT: http://saltacademy.us2.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=a1ad65e9d46e0ef33b8a049da&id=74e16a250e

Donate: http://saltacademy.net/donate/