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No Woman U.S. President: Because of discrimination?
Philosophy

rebirth
Aug 08, 2011
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rupus
Aug 09, 2011
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Women, since the beginning of history, have always been discriminated against. In this day in age people are far more accepting of female leaders. However, voting for the male candidate over the female in an election does not necessarily mean that the voter is sexist, although they could be; it all depends on their reason. That particular woman may very well have numerous flaws that make her seemingly unfit to rule a country. If one does not vote for her it should be because of her flaws as a person, not because she is a woman.
So far my argument probably sounds in favor for the other side of this debate. I chose this side of the argument purely because of history and numbers. For the past 200 years of the United States' existence, only a white male could be president, and this was obviously discrimination. In those 200 years, if women were considered equal to men, surely at least one female would have been president by now. And thus, it is because of discrimination that no woman has ever been the president of the United States.

 
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rebirth
Aug 08, 2011
2 convinced
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Decades ago, in the 50's perhaps, less Americans approved of a woman running the country. In the past few decades, an overwhelming majority of Americans had no problem with voting for an otherwise qualified female candidate for president.

Women in congress easily win the seats they run for, but very few women run for president. If 95% of the people who run for president are men, then it isn't likely we'll have a female president. Simply probability, if the pool has less women, there is a less chance of a woman president.

If primaries consisted of 5 men and 5 women (or even only 3 women) per party, then things would be different. More women need to be run.

You can't not participate and then complain you lost. You have to be in it to win it.

 
jonjax71
Aug 09, 2011
0 convinced
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it is logical to think that after the first dark-skinned president there will be the first female president-hopefully in 2016 to succeeed him.

 
nickargues
Aug 14, 2011
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I wouldn't say discrimination, but rather I would say the reluctance and the fear of change.

In a country that has seen male leaders since its inception, I believe the population's mindset is to stick with the status quo, simply because it has been that for a long time.

 
gatorsf80
Aug 15, 2011
0 convinced
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We had our first non-fully-white president.
If Obama wasn't nominated Hillary would have won the presidency.
Then the title of this debate would have been - Non-white U.S President" Because of discrimination?

Besides gender obstacles we have
Color(1st non-Caucasian), Religion(1 catholic president rest are christian Protestants), Age (42 is the youngest, 35+ is allowed), Education(only 1 president with PhD)



 
flightoficarus
Aug 22, 2011
0 convinced
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How about the lack of credibility? Are we supposed to believe that Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin are serious yet credible choices to run this country of ours? The people of the United States want someone who can be level-headed, make sensible decisions and more importantly find someone who they can relate to.

Look towards the state of Maine and read on the work that Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have done. I could not think of two better women who would be the perfect choice.

 
anduin
Aug 24, 2011
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What conservative wouldn't vote for Michele Bachmann? What liberal wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton? Very few indeed. Obviously, there would be a few who wouldn't vote for a candidate because she is female. However there are a large number of people who would vote for a candidate because she is female. I imagine the two groups roughly balance each other out.

 


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