The New York Times printed a great article this week. Here it is. But, if you don't want to read it, I'll summarize it...along with some of my own commentary.
Basically it talks about women in politics, namedly Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. With Pelosi taking center stage as speaker and Clinton announcing her candidacy, we have a changing American leadership.
In the past women in politics took the role of copying men in their role of politics. That is changing. Since Diane Feinstein first asserted her role as senator of California, women in political leadership has changed. They are taking on their own roles and using their own capabilities within our country, namely that of being a mother.
Clinton said this, I’m going to be asking people to vote for me based on my entire life and experience,” she said. “The fact that I’m a woman, the fact that I’m a mom, is part of who I am.
Inevitably voting women into Congress and possibly into the presidency will, in my opinion, help our country. Statistics show that women pay closer attention to children, poverty and the overall healthcare of our citizens and worldwide.
Of course there are reservations made by some. Condoleeza Rice stated that a woman could still be valued in politics without being a mother and that being single shouldn't diminish her good decisions. I agree with that, but I also think it is healthy for one to have all sorts of women in politics. Isn't that what women in the early part of the 20th century were fighting for? That all women were given a chance to take a stand and be heard? Married or not. With children or not. At the same time, a mother certainly cannot hurt the well-being of our country.
These are women that have grown children with grandchildren. They do not have babies of their own in the home. They have been there and done that and have more to contribute because of that.
I would like to think that having a woman in leadership will inevitably create changes in how things are run. That we think about lives lost (soldiers or not) before taking on the time sensitive responsiblity of war.