No matter your political leaning, you have to admit, it’s pretty cool that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has snagged a major political party candidacy for president. In other countries like Argentina, Croatia, Israel, India, England, Germany, Central African Republic, Haiti and Taiwan, among others, women have already taken the helm, leading their countries through strong political, social and economic times.
According to International Business Times, 2015 saw 18 women in the highest political seats in their countries.
Today’s female leaders from major global economies include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. That’s a pretty solid representation!
U.S. First Female Presidential Candidate
It’s taken the U.S. 240 years to reach this milestone. But did you know that Hillary is not the first female presidential candidate?
In 1872, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement Victoria Woodhull ran for president. As a representative of the Equal Rights Party, it’s no surprise that she chose Frederick Douglass as her running mate, an African American abolitionist and statesman.
We have come a long way since those days when Ms. Woodhull probably knew she had no chance to win. She is one of hundreds of women who were fighting on behalf of all women and girls for just their basic rights, let alone a chance to lead the country.
We owe a great debt to leaders like her who, by their shear determination, passion and action, put themselves on the line, helping women everywhere inch ever closer toward equality on so many levels.
And here we are today, with our first female presidential contender for a major party. Two-and-a-half centuries may seem like forever, but you know what? We’ll take it! #UGauGrrl