By Jade Boivin
November 8th, 2016, will be a date to remember. For the first time in history, a woman has a fair chance of becoming the first woman president of the United States of America. If Hilary doesn’t make it, one thing is for certain: the media coverage surrounding her nomination has shown us the blatant sexism present in America.
From her looks to her tone of voice and role as a grandmother, Hillary is scrutinized and criticized from every angle. Whatever is brushed off as leadership coming from male candidates is often seen as her weaknesses or mistakes.
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Mind you, I don’t root blindly for female politicians. In fact, because I consider them just as capable as men, I exert the same criticism regarding their decisions and any of their questionable actions. For instance, when Sarah Palin clearly stated in 2010 that she was anti-abortion, I felt deeply betrayed. More recently, Hillary’s questionable email management wasn’t her best work.
Her public speaking repels you? Well, the fact that she has a great, hard-earned career in a field that’s part of a well-guarded boys club is undoubtedly serious progress. I truly rejoice at the fact that a woman is finally working her way up to the top political sphere.
This election has brought me to another realization. Even when female politicians act in an unethical way, even when I profoundly disagree with their political stances, I am still so grateful to them. They are challenging the idea that women are some innocent Virgin Maries without opinions or political instincts, as though politics were reserved for men. A diversity of women’s narratives benefits us greatly. It liberates us from the Smurfette Principle. Female politicians are complex, human, and flawed, like any of their male counterparts. This isn’t news… but the standard of purity we hold them to indicates otherwise. So, let’s celebrate everything women have to offer, from their perseverance to their flaws and leadership capabilities.
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November 7, 2016