With the election looming in the distance, and a woman running for President of the United States, many are looking forward to the concept that a female could finally be President. The truth is, however, is that the United States is a very different place than the rest of the world, and though there have been female leaders in other countries, the US is simply not ready for a woman to lead.
In Germany, they have Angela Merkel, in Argentina they have Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the Prime Minister of Denmark. In the US, however, the country has always been ruled by men, and there are a number of reasons for this; mostly coming down to the behaviors and actions of women today as well as their biological makeup. The American culture has no room for a woman in the White House at this point, because we have created a culture that is inhospitable to this concept.
Yes, there have been women in high level political positions of the United States such as Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and Jan Brewer, but none of them have made it to the level of President. Additionally, there has been virtually no progress in making a woman a President over the past decades, and only over the past few years, with the exception of Geraldine Ferraro, have women such as Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina even attempted to run. Even when you look at these women, two of them, Ferraro and Palin, were running mates and appointed by men. Carly Fiorina couldn’t even get through the primaries and Clinton, who is seen as the possible first woman President, has failed once before. Why will the US not have a female President anytime soon? Because she’s not born yet. Here are the top 10 reasons the 1st female President hasn’t been born yet:
10. Women are Not Interested in Politics
One of the main reasons that the first female President hasn’t been born yet is because women simply are not interested in politics. This is two fold. First, there are not a lot of women out there who are interested in running for political office. According to a survey from American University, almost 65 percent of college women said they would never consider a career in politics. When it comes to men, only 43 percent said they would never consider a political career. These numbers are virtually the same among party lines. There are a number of reasons of this, some of which will be described below, but if women aren’t interested in running for President, how can the US have a woman President?
The second part of this is that it is more likely that women will vote for women, but if women are not interested in politics, the chances of a female candidate bringing in the women vote are significantly lowered. Until women start getting interested in politics, until they start running for office and until women are ready to lead the country, there is virtually no chance that a woman President will be elected anytime soon. The pace of women in politics is so slow compared to the rise of men in politics, that it could be a generation or two before women come close to catching up. Thus, the woman who will become the first woman President of the United States is likely not yet born.
9. Women Are Too Busy Raising Children to Become Political
According to constitutional law, in order to become President of the US, a person must be a minimum of 35 years old and have lived in the country for a minimum of 14 years, but this does not have to be consecutive. Additionally, a person must be a natural born U.S. citizen. This means that most any American who is over 35 can be President. However, the public qualifications are much more stringent, and a lot of experience is necessary. Most of the people elected as President have either been a Senator, Representative or Governor, and in order to do this, it is almost always necessary to start a political career in a person’s 20s or early 30s.
Women, however, are too busy raising children to take on a career in politics. Political careers are well known to be difficult, time consuming and take a lot of personal money to be successful. To get to the point of becoming President, most people start small, as a city councilman, mayor or local business leader. Again, women who are in the prime time to start something like this are often focused on their children and don’t have time to put into it.
Additionally, the public knows that women today will always put their children first, which will make it difficult for her to make decisions for the people. To change this, society has to accept that a woman’s child comes first, the country comes second or women must learn to put her responsibility of the leader of the free world first, and that is not likely to happen anytime soon.
8. The United States Is Not Ready for a Female President
Another reason that the first female President of the United States has not been born yet is because the US is not ready for a female President, so one will not be elected for decades in the future. This is backed up by statistics that compare the US to other countries in the world.
In 2014, women held less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress, yet outnumbered men when looking at the total US population. When compared to other nations, American ranked 98th in the world for the number of women in its national government, which was down from 59th in 1998. This is behind countries such as Indonesia and Kenya, and only slightly ahead of countries such as the United Arab Emirates.
In the entire country, all 50 states, only five US governors are women, and 24 states never have had a female governor. On top of this, only 25 percent of all state legislative offices are held by women, and only 12 of the 100 largest cities in the country have had a female mayor.
So, think of it this way. If the US population cannot elect women as Mayors, Governors, Senators and Representatives, how can one expect the country to even have an option for a female President? On top of this, most Americans are not in the mindset to have a woman as a leader. Until they do, which could take several decades when you consider the rate of changing ideals in the country, a female President is unlikely to happen.
8. The Media Is Not Ready to Support a Female President
Women are exploited by the media, and a female President would be no exception, and the American public sees the media as law. When comparing a male and female candidate in the mainstream media, it is easy to see the difference between how the media compares the two.
First, the media almost always focuses on where a man stands on the issues at hand, yet when it comes to a woman, though they may eventually focus on the issues, it is much more likely that they will focus on her hair and clothing first, and only then focus on her stance on the issues. Since Americans put so much faith in the media, it is obvious why the country will not elect a female President anytime soon.
Though there is some pressure on the media to change the portrayal of women, until the American public starts changing their habits, there is no reason for the media to change. When the American public consumes the media as they do, and the media keeps getting money, the odds that the media will change are slim to none. So, until the American public changes the ways that they consume the media, things will never change when it comes to the media portrayal of women in the media, and Americans will continue to see women as objects instead of serious political candidates.
7. Men in Power Want to Keep the Boys Club…For Now
The men in politics are old. The average age of Senators is 63, and the average age of Representatives 57. On top of this, over the past decades, the average age of the Senate has risen from 59 in 1945 to 62 in 2011. For the House, the average age of Representatives has risen from 53 in 1945 to 57 in 2011. When you consider that only 20 percent of both the House of Representatives and the Senate are women, Washington is run by a Boys Club…and they are old.
What does this mean for women? It means that the men who are in the highest seats of power in the in country are still products of the Baby Boomer generation where women, for the most part, stayed at home, were housewives and full-time mothers. Asking them to accept a woman into their circles just isn’t something they want to do. Now these men are not going to always publically announce this to their constituents, of course, as they know that women are important votes, but that still doesn’t mean that they are privately willing to let the women in.
Until these men are replaced by men and women who are used to seeing women working out of the house, such as their own mothers, the odds of truly allowing and accepting a woman in the White House are slim to none. When the older men are out, which will still be a few decades for the most part, a woman will likely not be able to take the White House.
6. Women Governors Traditionally Make Poor Decisions
Many Presidents are elected after holding a leadership role in another way; they may have been a member of Congress or served as Governor of his state. Since the country tends to choose a leader from these high-ranking government officials, it would only make sense that the first female President would come from one of these positions. The problem for women? Most high ranking female governors make poor decisions and are not seen in a great light nationally.
Take a look at Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona. Governor Brewer took a lot of heat just a few years ago when pushing for a state law that allowed law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of any person they believe is an alien to the United States. Most Democrats and Independents balked at this legislation, and many Republicans, too, for that matter, but the truth is, a woman made the decision and voters will associate this with all women making bad decisions.
Another example is Sarah Palin. She was the governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, and then…she just quit. Though she sited an ongoing ethics investigation against her and her office as the reason for quitting, most people simply saw this resignation as a way for her to get on television and start her own reality show. Again, for the most part, the public looks at this woman as a train wreck and whacky woman, but she is also a politician and someone they would compare any female candidate to, for better or for worse.
5. Women Are Not Sending The Right Message to The Country
In order to succeed and get elected as the President of the United States, a person must send the right message to the voters. However, women are not doing this very well.
First, too many women in politics are too focused on women’s rights and make this known whether they realize it or not. The problem is that their target audience, who is an equal number of men and women, aren’t very into this notion right now. Though there is the odd story that comes out about gender inequality, most people are sick of the “same old, same old,” and the women vying for these positions simply won’t give up on sending the women’s rights message.
If your target voters are not interested in your message, you will definitely not find a lot of success come election day. How can women change this? They should drop the messages that alienate almost half of the voting public, and instead, focus on things that are relevant to everyone.
4. Voters Hold Women to a Higher Standard Than Men
Another reason the 1st female President of the United States has not been born yet is because voters hold women to a higher standard then men, and thus far, there has not been a woman that can hold up to that standard.
Whether you like it or not, according to polls, a female candidate is seen as more honest and virtuous than a male candidate. However, if a woman in this position had just one slip up, such as using a personal email account for government business, she is vilified by that single mistake. What’s worse is that people do not forget and they rarely forgive.
However, when you look at male candidates, you can go through almost any Congressmen and find some type of political scandal in their past. They have been racists, they could be cheaters, they could be taking money for votes from corporations; and their constituents forgive them time and time again. Even though voters do not see male candidates as honest as female candidates, they forgive them and usually forget when they mess up.
What does this mean for women who want to run for President? It means that until the American public changes their views of women, which doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon, there cannot be a woman in the White House who will be a success.
3. There Is Not A Good Choice for a Female President At This Point
As you have read above, most Presidents come from a pool of Senators, Governors and Representatives. Since the pool of female Senators, Governors and Representatives is so small, however, there is not a great choice to make, and the last thing Americans want to do is elect the lesser of two evils, so to speak.
When you look at Congress, only about 20 percent of the seats are filled by women, and when you look at Governors, as of early 2016, there are only 6 out of 50, which is about 12 percent. When you add up the number of Governors and Congresswomen who would be a potential candidate for President, you have 110 women. This is compared to 481 men, and this is only in government.
United States citizens may also elect a President who was a business leader, doctor or lawyer. As we have seen, there have been a number of business leaders who have also taken a shot at the Presidency, but women are still lacking here. When looking at the Fortune 500, for instance, only 4.6 percent of CEOs are women. When looking at the medical field, approximately 34 percent of all surgeons are women, yet only 15 percent of medical schools are led by women. In the legal field almost 46 percent of all lawyers are women, yet only 15 percent of all equity partners in the legal field are women.
2. Young Women Do Not Like Presidential Aged Women
The polls don’t lie; Hillary Clinton has almost no support from young women, and instead, they want to vote for some old, crazy guy with different ideals. When the Iowa Caucuses were held, young, progressive women voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton at a rate of 6 to 1. During a national poll from USA Today, it was shown that women under 35 liked Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by an almost 20-point margin.
It comes down to this: these women do not feel as if they should vote for Hillary Clinton simply based on the fact that she is a woman. Instead, they are looking for a candidate who will put women’s issues first. Though Clinton is doing this to a point, her opponent is doing more, and young women have taken note.
For instance, Clinton has made campaign promises such as pay transparency, paid family leave, protection of Planned Parenthood and to fight the gender pay gap. Sanders has done this, too, but he has taken the promises to another level, adding a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour, an offer of at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave and the expansion of the WIC program. Of course, these young women want more bang for their buck, and Sanders is saying exactly what they want to hear.
1. Women Don’t Want to Be Powerful, They Want to Be Submissive
Finally, there will be no female President anytime soon because fundamentally, women want to be submissive. Think back to the summer of 2011 and the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” This book broke records left and right, and has sold more than 16 million copies in the United States alone. Who was reading this book? Women.
Millions of women across the country grabbed this book, read this book and loved this book? Why? Because it is a book about being submissive to a man, and women love this idea. Whether they admit it or not, they see this as their role in the bedroom, in the household, and ultimately in society, which brings politics and the Presidency into the conversation.
The truth is, only about 10 percent of women out there truly want power, the rest of the women out there want powerful men like Christian Grey, and whatever man wins the upcoming Presidential election. Until women change their wiring to desire more power, the majority will remain submissive.
With the US Presidential election coming up in a short number of months and one female candidate, many wonder if this will be the year that the old order of men will be pushed aside to finally allow a woman to sit at the desk in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, there is a lot of pressure against this, and the time is not right for there to be a woman in the White House. What is more likely, is that the woman who will take her place as the Leader of the Free World has yet to be born.