History shows that it is very difficult in our societal structure for a woman to rise to a position of leadership. While the modern era (if you want to proclaim the 20th or 21st century as the modern era) has woman leaders of many organizations, there are no prominent women as a world leaders. The historic evidence says that a woman leader of a large and/or prominent nations are usually preceded by a relative or husband. Therefore, if not Hillary Clinton now, it may be a while before there is another woman in position to ascend.
No great female leaders in history without succeeding a man that they were related too:
Cleopatra (69-30 bc), ill-fated queen of Egypt (51-30 bc), celebrated for her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Cleopatra, or more precisely, Cleopatra VII, was the daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes, king of Egypt. On her father’s death in 51 bc Cleopatra, then 17 or 18 years old, and her brother, Ptolemy XIII, a child of about 12 years, succeeded jointly to the throne of Egypt
Nefertiti, ancient Egyptian queen who was the chief wife of Akhenaton, the pharaoh of Egypt, with whom she initiated many religious, artistic, and cultural changes. Nefertiti may have exercised the priestly office, a position normally reserved for kings.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603), queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603), daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn.
Elizabeth was the longest-reigning English monarch in nearly two centuries and the first woman to successfully occupy the English throne. Called Glorianna and Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth enjoyed enormous popularity during her life and became an even greater legend after her death.
Eva Perón, née María Eva Duarte (1919-1952), Argentine political figure and second wife of Juan Domingo Perón.
Jiang Qing or Chiang Ch’ing, (1914-1991), Chinese social and cultural activist, third wife of Mao Z edong and leader of the Gang of Four.
There are other women that I could have included (e.g., Winnie Mandela, Eleanor Roosevelt, Indira Gandhi), but this is not a research paper, just food for thought. While Golda Meir (former leader of Israel), and Margret Thatcher may be an exception to the rule, others would argue that Israel is not significant. Hilary Clinton may be the first woman President of America; if Bill did not take her to the White House first, it probably would not be a possibility. So ponder this, those who want to diminish the role of men and legacy; make sure that the men in your family ascend to greatness so that the females in the family have the opportunity to ascend to those same heights if they so desire.
Renaissance and Revolution are about change for the better. Give those that are best suited, the best opportunity to make changes for the betterment of the masses; Woman Included! This is not a proclamation that Hillary should be the next President, but more of an announcement of the close-mindedness of societal legacy towards, family, race and gender!
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