What are your thoughts on having a woman President?

Kimberly - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Would gender even make a difference in the ability to govern effectively?

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Jodi - posted on 10/04/2010

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We have a female Prime Minister.....she wouldn't have been my choice, but not because she is a woman.



I think unfortunately that women receive a lot more scrutiny than men and seem to be judged on things that have nothing to do with their politics or how well they do in their job. Like women in all walks of life, they seem to be judged on their personal life (husband, or lack thereof, children, or lack thereof), their fashion sense, their hair, pretty much everything. I don't remember male politicians in this country undergoing such scrutiny....unless you count the Opposition Leader in his budgie smugglers (speedos for those of you who are wondering).



We also have a female Governor-General, who is the representative for our Head of State (and our Head of State is also female - the Queen).

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I don't live in the US so this doesn't affect me either way. In the UK there's been one female prime minister and whislt not everyone agreed with things she did I don't believe gender affects their ability to govern effectively.

Pamela - posted on 10/23/2010

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Actually Dana, I agree with you on that. I do wish Hilary could have been elected first and then Obama. She wouldn't have been as tentative as he's been. She would have kicked Boehner's and McConnel's collective butts.

Dana - posted on 10/23/2010

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I would love to see a woman president in the US. I was team Hillary, it's too bad Obama ran at the same time. I think it would have been much better had she ran the first 8 yrs and then he ran after that. Oh well....

Jenn - posted on 10/23/2010

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I don't see what difference it makes, man or woman - they all fuck things up one way or the other.

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2010

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our sociology teacher asked us this question last year...a number of women in my class said that a woman should not be president because "what happens when its that time of the month and she fucks something up?" i nearly lost it. i guess thats what i get for going to a community college.

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I'm from the country with the female Prime Minister (atheist, not married, no kids) and I voted for her because I like some of her policies, not because she's a woman, and I hated all the policies of the other mob.

I love the way they refer to her partner as "The First Bloke!"

Pamela - posted on 10/21/2010

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I would love to see a woman in the highest office of our fair country. But not if she's Sarah Palin. Or Christine O'Donnell. But a Hilary Clinton would be swell.

I mostly look for things like qualifications.

Petra - posted on 10/05/2010

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Palin was a prime example of a female politician where people fixated on her looks, wardrobe and lipstick, rather than her political platform - which was hopelessly ridiculous.

Serena - posted on 10/05/2010

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As long as its not Palin...I can't wait for the day the US makes history again by electing another "first". I think as long as she's qualified to do the job, gender shouldn't make a difference.

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Gender shouldn't be imoprtant and shouldn't make a difference, the policies should. As others have said we had Maggie Thatcher and she was a fantastic PM.

Petra - posted on 10/05/2010

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Like Jodi said - if you put this question to a group of men I think you'd see a lot more variety in the responses...

Johnny - posted on 10/05/2010

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We've only had one female Prime Minister here, and she was not elected. She served after an elected Prime Minister stepped down and then proceeded to lose the election in a massive landslide. So not a good track record. However, I think women are completely and totally capable of being equal to men and might possibly be good leaders. I'm not so impressed with male politicians so I don't have really high hopes for the women either, lol.

Tracey - posted on 10/05/2010

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We had one in the UK, she had bigger balls than all the male ones we have had since.

Charlie - posted on 10/05/2010

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Well im an Australian and we have a female prime minister for the first time in history which is fantastic but she wont be judged on gender she will be judged on the action she takes over the next few years .

Iris - posted on 10/04/2010

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One of the greatest President of my country (Iceland) is a woman. She was elected in 1980 and served as a President until 1996, when she decided to retire. We have election every 4 years and every time she got re-elected.
Of course women have the ability to be a good Presidents. I agree that gender doesn't play make a difference.

Jodi - posted on 10/04/2010

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I think if you posed that same question to a group of men, you could have some interesting answers. Unfortunately, there are still men out there who think we belong in the home.......

Becky - posted on 10/04/2010

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I think that a woman could make a great president, prime minister, whatever. I have to say though, as a mother of young children, it's certainly not a job I would want! I think it would be terribly hard to balance leading a country and having a healthy family life.

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I don't think gender would make a difference in anyone's ability to govern effectively. I wouldn't vote for a woman just BECAUSE she's a woman, but I would vote for a woman if she was the right person for the job. I don't care, man, woman, black, white, yellow, brown......I vote based on issues, not on superficials.

Stifler's - posted on 10/04/2010

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They can't because they have to be richer than normal people to be in government. I think a lot of people swing vote and are ignorant about politics so they're just like OOH A WOMAN LET'S VOTE FOR HER. I would vote for her childless or not if she had good policies but she does not.

Jodi - posted on 10/04/2010

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I don't know that she did get the female vote because she was a woman Emma. I think she possibly got more of the female vote by default because women didn't want to vote for Tony Abbot. Additionally, I am not sure she actually did get the votes of mothers, particularly SAHM mothers, because she is childless by choice and really can't relate to the struggles of modern families. But then, can any of them really relate....?

Stifler's - posted on 10/04/2010

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We have a woman prime minister in Australia. England had Margaret Thatcher years ago. I do think personally that Julia Gillard got in because women voted for her because she's a woman. I have no confidence in the Labor government.

Rosie - posted on 10/04/2010

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no it wouldn't. i do worry how other countries would perceive us since some other countries think women are supposed to be submissive and not speak. hell, just having diane sawyer interview ahmenijad (sp?) made me want to puke. she said he even asked her why she was asking these questions, and shouldn't she be doing something else at home? i can only imagine how he'd feel about attacking us with a woman in charge.

and for some reason i feel this only applies to the united states. i think it has something to do with the way my country is perceived around the world.

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