Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton revealed that she’s been considering a presidential run in 2016 – news which made a lot of people (including HG headquarters) pretty happy. The thought of having a woman in the White House is an exciting one, and could certainly be a great thing for all of us.
While women only represent about 20% of Congress at the moment (with only 6% of those being women of color), it’s time us ladies step up and show the boys what leadership really looks like. Here are five things a female president could bring to this great country.
1. Women’s rights would take a dramatic turn for the better.
Research shows that women are unsurprisingly far more likely to participate in efforts to advance their own equality even if they’re not doing so purposely. It makes perfect sense that a woman would want to do what’s best for her own gender and would push for equality. After all, there’s nothing worse than a woman’s rights and body being governed by a man who has no idea what it’s like to be female.
2. There’d most likely be less war.
It’s not just guesswork to assume that a female leader would approach war (or any military action, for that matter) with much more trepidation than our current and former presidents thus far. For over half a century, women have consistently polled as being less in favor of war and more in favor of exploring non-violent resolutions to problems.
This is not to imply that a female president would be a pushover, but rather than we could begin to use alternate avenues as we repair international relationships while avoiding further unnecessary conflict.
3. We could actually see the return of real diplomacy.
Hillary Clinton is tough as nails. She graduated from Yale Law School and was not only the First Lady for husband Bill Clinton’s two presidential terms, but has also served as a Democratic senator in New York for eight years and also spent four years as Secretary of State. If anyone knows how to negotiate, it’s Hillary. While President Obama has certainly taken strides to return intelligent discourse to the highest office in the land, it’s time for a woman to bring it back for good.
4. Little girls everywhere would be inspired to reach for their dreams.
We’ve come a long way in encouraging our daughters, sisters and friends to pursue their dreams – whether it’s a career in a STEM field or another job typically held by a man. Having a woman in the Oval Office would send the message loud and clear to our girls that they can be absolutely anything – even the leader of the free world.
5. It’s about time.
Seriously. Politics are not just a man’s game. While women have becoming increasingly involved in governing our country, there’s no way women’s rights are going to be a priority until more women are in charge of making the laws we’re forced to live by. It’s time to even the playing field once and for all.