As sort of a ~part 2~ to my last post, I’d like to dive deeper into women in positions of power.
We all know the female boss stigma. She’s not a leader, she’s a bitch. She’s not smart, she’s a know-it-all. Let’s face it—women (and people of color) in leadership positions have always been questioned more than any cis white men with the same positions and qualifications. The most obvious example of this is none other than our president.
Donald Trump allegedly had an extramarital affair with a porn star a few months after his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, gave birth to their son Barron. Conservatives around the country claim that Trump is a god-fearing, family man, yet his history with sexual assault and harassment says otherwise. Imagine if Obama had allegations like this attached to his name? He would’ve been cut from the running before his campaign even began. Unfortunately, Trump’s whiteness overshadows his misconduct on almost every front.
Hillary Clinton ran a composed, fair, and honest campaign for president in 2016. She didn’t cut corners or pay off porn stars—she spoke her truth and asked us for our votes. Not to mention she has more political experience than many of the people working under Trump today. I know, I know, “but her emails!” In all honesty, those emails look like a day at the beach in comparison to the way the White House is being run now.
Even though many women were against Trump from the get go, there were plenty of women out there that were ready and willing to listen to him and vote him into office. 52% of white women voted for a man whose “locker room talk” didn’t phase them as much as the thought of a liberal woman running the country. In this video, Jordan Klepper addresses “locker room talk” at a Trump rally in PA. When asked, “Is there anything Trump could say that would make you not vote for him?” one woman said, “No matter what he says or does I will vote for Donald Trump.”
Women are automatically seen by society as under-qualified. We see it in the extremely small percentage of women who hold the position of CEO in Fortune 500 companies, and we saw it in the 2016 presidential election.
Why do strong women intimidate so many people? The best way to combat this is to VOTE. Vote for people who support women, not for those who exploit them. November is right around the corner—let’s show ‘em who’s boss!