Has Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign really emphasised the benefits of female leadership, or has her reputation and feud with Trump overshadowed female empowerment all together?
According to the Huffington Post, research has stated that Clinton’s election could increase women’s political power. Suggesting that Clinton’s campaign highlights these power differences between males and females—and possibly to help reduce them. Clinton has endured sexist comments and continuous criticism, but the biggest obstacle to her election might possibly be the traditional ideals of women that often discourage power. Statistics show that for congress, only 20 percent of members of both the House and the Senate are women. Making it one of the lowest political representations globally.
So does women empowerment constitute an argument in favor of Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Some may believe that Clinton is misrepresenting women calling Clinton unqualified, or criticizing her ambition. But regardless of the political leanings, it is evident that the campaign has something to teach all of us about the science of men, women, and power. As well as it has brought a female to lead one of the most influential countries in the world, showing that women are capable of power and hopefully will bring more women to power.
The gender bias does seem enormous in lieu of the 2005 tape of Donald Trump bragging that his celebrity status allowed him to grope women with abandon. There has been hardly any drop in his polling numbers since the evidence of his sexual assault has been outed.
Ultimately, Clinton’s campaign should at least forge a pathway for women in power and increase public acceptance of female leadership regardless of her reputation and infamous feud with Trump. A step in the right direction!