Women in Politics and the Women Who Vote for Them
While I was browsing through google news, I came across this article about the difficulty which women face when they enter the political arena. We talked about this in class a few weeks ago, but this got me thinking about it again. Something which really caught my interest was this quote:
"Most of the male candidates running wouldn't be running if they were women. A woman John McCain's age would have a hard time, a woman with Barack Obama's experience would have a hard time."
The article also goes on to talk about how while women are more likely to vote for a woman because of her gender, they are also more critical of her than they would be a man. Female candidates are more likely to be evaluated on a personal level rather than on their ideas. I find myself wondering what this says about our society and what implications this carries for our future.
I also find it interesting to consider what the ramifications of voting the first woman into the presidency might be. I can't help but feel like she's going to be the model that every female candidate after her will be measured against. We practically deify George Washington and his deeds have taken on an almost legendary quality. If the first female President does a poor job or is viewed negatively once in office, will that shut the door for another 50-100 years for other women? If she makes the right decisions would it lead to an influx of female candidates and a restructuring of the political landscape?