During the March 24, 2016 episode of ABC’s hit show “Scandal,” a political entertainment series that depicts the multilayered facets of the American political atmosphere, a conversation took place between presidential candidate Senator Edison Davis (played by Norm Lewis) and Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), the show’s protagonist. He said, “I figured it’s about time we had our first black president.” She replied, “It’s about time we had our first woman president.”
This is already America’s political reality. Our current president is the first black president and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, if she wins, would become the first woman President. So the comment of the show had me wondering about America’s attitude toward Hillary Clinton:
“Is the country for or against the woman or the candidate?”
Hillary’s campaign slogan “I’m with her” emphasizes the inescapable fact of her womanhood. And there are influencers who have expressed whether they’re with or against her based on this fact alone. For instance, during an interview with D.J. Whoo Kid, Rapper T.I. said, “Not to be sexist, but I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman…”
Although he apologized later for the remarks, his words ring as truth to some. Moreover, musical artist and producer Pharrell told Ellen DeGeneres about his support for Hillary Clinton, saying:
“It’s time for a woman to be in there.”
Indeed, it would be a historic event for America to have its first woman President. It would likely ignite a call for change locally and globally. With women making up around 51% of the population in the United States, her victory would further break barriers of positions women can meet; a girl could dream of becoming the President of United States someday and it wouldn’t seem like an unrealistic goal. Nevertheless, such a woman should also be the most qualified presidential candidate.
“Is that Hillary Clinton?”
What are your thoughts on what it would mean for America to have its first female president? And are you with or against Hillary Clinton, the woman, the candidate, or both?
By: Stephanie Ike