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A Woman In The Presidency: Is America Ready?

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ImpactThe time is right to elect a women president to office in America. It is the American Women Presidents goal to provide the people, press and political parties a convincing argument and strong women candidates to support the movement. The USA is the oldest democracy in the world and by now should have women leading at the highest levels. In a recent poll 92% of Americans said they would vote for a woman president if she was qualified. Even though we are a democracy, we are not an educated democracy. Americans are finding out that we need to use all of our resources to keep our country on top and women make up over half of the population. Women have and are becoming incredibly powerful leaders and have proved to be strong leaders in congress and other political offices. It is the American Women Presidents intention to support and influence the nation's political agenda by promoting strong women candidates for political office.Public OpinionThe world is no stranger to women in politics. There are already six female presidents worldwide, there are 14 women in the U.S. Senate, 59 women in the House of Representatives and eight female governors. Yet the United States is the 61st in female representation in the government. (ABC News) According to research done by Lyric Wallwork Winik, more than half of the nation's voters say they will trust either gender equally on matters of foreign policy, homeland security and the economy. (Winik, 2006) Other studies by the Siena Research Institute show similar trends, as seen in the following chart: (www.sri.edu)Would a woman president be better than a man president on:BetterWorseNo DifferentDon't knowDomestic issues, like education and health care policy63%3%31%4%Responding to a natural calamity, such as a hurricane38%8%48%6%Dealing with a crisis in Social Security and pension plans32%7%54%7%Developing energy policy22%11%59%8%Foreign Policy 22% 11% 59% 8%Commander-in-chief 19% 19% 53% 9%One advisor to both Presidents Bush, Mary Matalin, says she doesn't think national security is a big barrier for women. She says, "We're facing all new security issues. This is uncharted territory. Most of all, it requires strategic common sense." (Winik, 2006)Though women make up more than half of the electorate, it is well known that governorships remain the best training ground for presidential candidates. The best of these are in California, Texas and New York, yet only Texas has elected a female governor (Miriam Ferguson, 1925-27 and 1933-35, and Ann Richards, 1991-95). (Winik, 2006)The majority view of the American public is in favor of electing a woman for president. A whopping 92% of the general public would vote for a woman for president if she were qualified, where only 5% said they would not. However, only 55% of those same people believe America is ready for a woman president, which is up 15% from November 1996 according to the CBS News Polls, and only 64% according to the Siena Research Institute. On the other...

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