2016 Presidential Candidates: America is Ready For Her First Female President in 2016

The saying, "behind every great man there's a great woman" needs to be retired. It is obsolete. The world today has seen great women stand not behind anyone but on their own, from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — the "Iron Lady" — to Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the first openly gay Prime Minister of Iceland, to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rated by Forbes as one of "the world's most powerful women," to Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund.

Following Madeleine Albright, America's first female Secretary of State, were Condoleezza 
Rice and Hillary Clinton. We also have the first female head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

In a short period of two decades, the number of women senators has climbed up from the 5 in 1992, to 20 today (there are 100 senators in the U.S. Senate). Women in the House of Representatives started from one in 1917, to 98 out of 535 representatives in 2013. 

Women's political ascension is further accelerated by both their academic achievement and their strong presence in the workforce. Huffington Post quotes Hanna Rosin's words, "Women dominate today's colleges and professional schools — for every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the U.S., all but two are occupied primarily by women."

On top of all, the nation already has a highly qualified candidate for our next president: Hillary Clinton, who now enjoys 65% Approval Rating. In fact, America was ready for its first female president back in 2008. Hillary Clinton did not win the election in 2008 not because she is a female but because then Senator Obama was more popular than she was then.

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Yanwen Xia

Research section at University of Kansas Hospital Cancer Center & Midwest Voices contributing columnist

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