All in all, 90 people have served in America’s top two jobs. All were men. All but one were white men. Not a single one was a woman.
Now, for the second time in her life, Hillary Clinton is poised to break the ultimate female-proof glass ceiling, above which, if you are a believer, there is only the Almighty. With all due respect to current heads of state such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brazil’s Dilma Rouseff or even legendary past leaders such as Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi or Margaret Thatcher, in terms of clout, authority and dominance of the world stage, a female president of the United States is in a league of her own. If Clinton would be elected president she could automatically be listed, alongside Queen Victoria and Catherine the Great, as one of the most powerful women in history.
Clinton’s election as president wouldn’t solve all the problems of lingering inequality between men and women, but it would show that these could be solved. The impact of her election would reflect on the entire system, up and down and sideways, eventually eroding many of the conscious or subconscious barriers that still exist. A Clinton presidency could provide powerful inspiration for American women and girls, and, perhaps more profoundly, for women around the world, including countries in which her election would be considered blasphemy. Imagine the impact on women in Iran or Saudi Arabia, in Pakistan or Indonesia – not to mention certain sectors of Israel – when their national leaders would be left with no choice but to deal, if not to curry favor, with the woman who leads America.
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