The White House is ready for Hillary Clinton. With her experience as First Lady, Senator of New York, Secretary of State and one presidential campaign already under her belt, I’d say she’s ready for it too.
Her name is known nearly world-wide. Clinton is a baby boomer and has lived life in the limelight since before today’s average college undergrad was even born. She has built a lengthy resume in politics, earning her Bachelor’s in political science in 1969 from Wellesley College and becoming the first student in the college’s history to deliver a commencement address. The speech unexpectedly ended up being her emblazoned debut when she scrapped her planned speech and gave an impromptu rebuttal to the pro-Vietnam war speaker Senator Brooks that spoke before her. This earned her a feature in Life Magazine, and hence, became a force to be reckoned with.
Clinton was a Republican until her college years when then the American Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War were prevalent and forced American’s to face certain moral issues. She became a Democrat and since the start of her political career she has proved to be an outspoken advocate for social injustice, especially women’s rights.
If you’ve noticed there has been more media attention on women’s rights issues lately, you haven’t been imagining it. April 14 was National Equal Pay Day, raising awareness on the fact that women are paid less than men for the same work. In fact, for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes only 78 cents on average in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center. It won’t come as a surprise when many opponents of having a woman as president will be the same people continually fighting against closing the wage gap.
Clinton has been dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights for a long time. On Sept. 5, 1995 she made her iconic speech on women’s rights at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. It was there that she notably said, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all,” according to ABC News. With the relatively recent explosion of media attention on the fight for equality, getting Clinton in the White House could be the last push this country needs to solidify substantial change. President Obama has proven to be a feminist and advocate for women’s rights, but some factors of the oppression of women can only be understood by women. Clinton’s power to veto bills diminishing women’s rights could cause significant and more permanent change on equality.
Women’s rights is certainly not the only significant issue Clinton should, or will focus on if elected president. However, the oppression of women extends throughout social classes and ethnicities alike. Increasing opportunities and reducing oppression on women will improve success rates in all industries and families. Expanding the participation of women in all aspects thus includes fifty percent of the nation’s population in the race for prosperity. With that many more minds vying for change, beneficial discoveries are bound to occur.
Clinton will build upon the foundation that President Obama has set up. She attempted a national healthcare plan during her time as First Lady, but “Hillarycare,” as it was called, failed to gain enough support to succeed, according to ABC News. Now with the Affordable Care Act in place, she would have the perfect opportunity to expand upon the groundwork set by Obama and continue to improve upon national healthcare.
In Clinton’s inaugural campaign video, she set out to prove that she is capable of connecting to the average voter. Released on April 12, the video featured a melting-pot of Americans, including a gay couple excited to get married, a single mom moving her daughter to a better school district, two brothers starting their own business, and a couple expecting their first baby, to name a few.
The season of campaign videos is starting, so taking one at face value can be risky. However, Clinton appears not only willing to support human rights such as marriage equality, but determined to make her dedication to such issues known. And her sincerity shines through.
The potential benefits that are coming if (and hopefully when) we elect Clinton as president will far exceed just the historical significance of a woman becoming the leader of the free world. The change that she is capable of making in this country is desperately needed. With men in the White House we have built a nation I am proud to call home, but there are certain issues we have not been able to overcome, such as race and gender inequality. Having just any woman in charge will not necessarily be the solution, but Hillary Clinton might just be make the difference we’ve been searching for.
Avery Twible can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org