WOMEN SEEKING POWER 5
WomenSeeking Power Are Scrutinized More Harshly
WomenSeeking Power Scrutinized More Harshly
Womenare capable political leaders just like men. The same is true intheir capacity to dominate corporate boardrooms. There is nodifference between men and females based on important leadershiptraits, which includes innovation ability and intelligence. However,many will agree that women are robust in terms of well organized andcompassionate leadership. It is shocking to see how Hilary Clinton isscrutinized ruthlessly. She is one of the candidates vying for theAmerican presidency. Nonetheless, her quest to shatter the glassceiling has encountered challenges, just like many women before her.
Clintoncollapsed on 11th September memorial, and people startedquestioning her leadership competency. She is not the first leaderto fall ill, particularly, in America. In the history of theAmerican presidency, some leaders lost the capacity to lead due toillness. In 1919, for instance, Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated by astroke. Similarly, Grover Cleveland underwent surgery to treat cancerthat had affected his mouth. Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heartattack during his term in office in 1955. Even though he washospitalized for a long time, no one was harsh on him. John F.Kennedy was afflicted by many medical related problems, whichincluded Addison’s disease (Achenbach & Cunningham, 2016). As aresult, there is nothing unusual about Clinton having health issues.The media has contributed in spreading criticism after Clinton’sshort illness. To some people, she appears weak and not good enoughto become the president of the United States. If it had happened to aman, the victim would still be credible in the eyes of many people.The furor is present because people want to scrutinize this ambitiouswoman in an insensitive manner.
Clintonhas a chance to vie for American presidency because she has done manyjobs right. She is a professional female leader who now holds aposition believed to be most suitable for men. In politics, menoutnumber women, but Clinton is so close to becoming the president ofthe United States (Achenbach & Cunningham, 2016). According toVictoria Brescoll, a social psychologist at Yale School ofManagement, people evaluate women thoroughly when they make a mistakein traditionally male professions. Clinton has passed through anawful period trying to fight criticisms about using her private emailserver and accepting huge fees for her speech. These two occasionshave made her face harsh attacks from left to right throughout hercampaigns for the presidential race (Huston, 2016).
Accordingto Huston (2016), leadership is divided into male and femaleterritories, where men rule a significant percentage. As a result,chaps make the most mistakes that happen in areas such as the stockmarket, finance, military, and judiciary. Nonetheless, people getover them and move on faster than when a feminine individual goesthrough the same experience. The gender stereotypes have beenreviewing Clinton harshly, and they do not listen to her standpoint.The 2016 presidential campaigns have exposed the reality of whatwomen go through when seeking powerful positions. She is scrutinizedwith a higher bar than Trump. Her contestant, Donald Trump, barelyknows the world affairs, but the voters are fine with him as long ashe does not detonate fresh controversy (Silva, 2016).
Inthe recent presidential debate, Clinton was expected to be calm andbrilliant. Nevertheless, she got angry, and the media was all overshowing how she overreacted. The society expected her to be perfect,and even though she walked out the winner, Trump did not receive muchscrutiny after his degrading and offensive outbursts (Silva 2016). Bottom line, women should be scrutinized with the same standards asmen because the equality would make it possible to get the bestleaders with experience and the knowledge required in for globalleadership.
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