The Real Glass Ceiling Of American Politics
There has been a lot of talk in recent days, weeks and months about Mitt Romney’s “glass ceiling” – that he can’t garner enough support within his own party above a certain level.
Time will tell if that’s true or not, but there’s another glass ceiling that I believe remains one of far greater concern. Today, after a poor showing at last night’s Iowa caucuses, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign.
Now, Bachmann is someone I disagree with on pretty much every issue – as many women did with Margaret Thatcher, who became Britain’s Prime Minister back in 1979. But that didn’t mean that as a woman you couldn’t be inspired by the Iron Lady. Because of her, I grew up knowing anything is possible for a woman, that females were absolutely not second class citizens.
It is sad that in 2011, women have still yet to smash perhaps what is one of, if not the world’s, most important glass ceiling: winning the Presidency of the United States.
A female American President is not going to happen for many years to come. But when she takes office, it will be in part thanks to the path laid by Hillary Clinton, which contributed to Palin – and Michele Bachmann. There will be a time when the best woman triumphs.
So now we return our attention back to a race of underwhelming middle-aged men.