If Hillary Clinton wins, America joins world of women chiefs

By Jada Saxon and Maraya Henderson

Women are not well known to hold executive positions, especially in America, but on Tuesday history could be made as we select our 45th President of the United States. The choice is between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Clinton is no rookie when it comes to politics and running for office as she has already served in multiple positions throughout her career.

Clinton attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1969, and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Yale in 1973. In 1975 she married Bill Clinton and in 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. At age 30, Hillary did what no other woman had done before: Not only was she the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation, she was also the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm.

Her husband Bill became governor of Arkansas in 1979. As First Lady she was able to help reform Arkansas's public schools. A dozen years later, Clinton became the First Lady of the United States. Her main focus has always been about healthcare and the importance of fostering the best life for children.

Clinton was elected in 2000 as the first female U.S. senator from New York, and in 2009 she became the Secretary of State after losing the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama.

If Clinton is elected on Tuesday then, she will become the first woman president of the United States.

"Hillary has achieved so much," said Mariah Coston (photo, top right), a sophomore biology pre-med major from Chicago. "She's such a big inspiration for women and I believe that will allow her to get majority of the female vote."

Clinton is a great influence to women because she has achieved all her goals and she continues to strive to do better. Most women are pleased with just being the first lady or having a high-status husband, but Clinton wanted more. She was never OK with just living in her husband's shadow, and that's what many women look up to the most.

Clinton is not the only female to take on such government leader roles around the world. Other women such as Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Cristina Fernandez of Argentina have successfully taken on leadership roles for their countries.

"I believe Hillary is most qualified for the position, unlike Trump," said Kendra Dorsey (photo, left), a marine environmental science major from Atlanta. "She respects and honors the fact that we are all equal no matter shape, size, or color."

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A WOMAN COMMANDER IN CHIEF was probably the last thing many people thought would happen to this country. With the Tuesday election the chances of the United States being run by a woman is scaring some voters. When speaking to some Hampton University students and asking if they were ready for a woman to hold office, some members of male population were not ecstatic about giving their votes to a woman, yet they acknowledged Hillary Clinton is their best choice.

"A woman in office would have never been a thought for America until now and I'm not sure this country is ready to face the fact that a woman has a very good chance to become the leader of this free world," said Jamir Esdaile, a five-year MBA major from New Haven, Connecticut.

This is a country that stands by the old-fashioned ways of going about life and one of the biggest assumptions is that women are not suited to hold leadership positions. Many Americans cannot see a woman being able to successfully run this country because it's assumed to be a man's job and not a position for a woman to hold.

"Women are too emotional to have such an important job," said Marcus Ricks, a sports management major from Ashland, Virginia. "If Hillary were to become president she would probably send us to war just because her and Bill had an argument last night."

Although Clinton would be United States' first female president, if she were to win, many other countries have successfully been led by women long before us. Currently 22 countries have females in leadership positions and are successfully running their countries.

"The United States is a great country and if a third world country can successfully operate with a female in office, I think a country like ours will be able to survive as well," said Ronyae Northam, an elementary education major from Durham, North Carolina.

Ready to make history, many voters have put aside their beliefs and plan to give the female candidate, Hilary Clinton, their votes. Whether it is with full support or complete resistance, these voters are finally ready to hear the results.

The writers are students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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