domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2016

Gender diversity in Politics. What will the future bring us?

When Hillary Clinton dropped out of the Democratic primary in 2008, she said during her concession speach"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time,"
Angela Merkel by א (Aleph) (Own work)
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Eight years later, at thDemocratic National Convention, she was named as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the US. In her keynote speach she mentioned: "Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president. Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men—because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit."
In the recent election, she won in the popular vote but the way the votes were divided by states meant that Trump won the election. She sounded less optimistic in her concession speach"I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now."
During the last few days, I have read several articles in the US press where they doubt whether they will see a woman President anytime soon. As always, you can see the glass half empty or half full, but to me it is time to feel optimistic.

In Europe, Theresa May is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party and Angela Merkelis the Chancellor of Germany and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). We see progress in many places.
We will soon realize how much Hillary Clinton has accomplished and how she has helped gender equality take a huge leap forward. I am confident we will sooner than later see a female President in the US and in other European countries, such as Sweden and Spain.

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