Posted On April 21, 2015 By In Politics, Rants, The Scene, Up For Debate

Women Were NOT Meant to be President


I read this article recently about some CEO lady who basically went on a rant on why Hillary Clinton, and well, women in general were not MEANT to be President.

Their biological physiology does not align well with the job because you know…those damn hormones.

Oh and also the Bible says so.

Yeah, I know, I couldn’t find the verse either.

As women, we can run households, schools, hospitals, entire corporations even, but we CANNOT and SHOULD NOT run the country (or apparently a church, for that matter…), because who knows what crazy hormone-filled rage we might go into!

We might unnecessarily go to war or charge students a 7% interest rate on their student loans!

Oh, wait a minute…

I think it’s baffling that we still live in a world that believes gender dictates a person’s role in society.

The United States, the supposed “land of the free” has a startling 19.4% female representation in government. There are 71 countries, respectively, with more female representation than the USA.

Countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan…ones typically associated with censoring females, have MORE females represented within their government.

People say that if Hillary Clinton is elected President they will move to Canada.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but you will find more females in government in Canada than you will in the grand ol’ U.S. of A. (Even Mexico has embraced women in politics).

Don’t bother trying to go to Europe either. Sweden has 43.6% females in government. Iceland has 41.3%. Denmark has 38%.

Pretty much every other country in the world doesn’t seem to have this backwards notion of women being incapable of making sound decisions and leading a sovereign group of people.

But beyond that, why are we still spouting this bullshit?

We tell young students to follow their dreams!
Unless their dreams don’t fit in with society’s (or some random CEO lady’s) idea of what they can and cannot be?

Furthermore, why are we condemning women for being women?

“Sorry, you might get sad one day and then the whole world will explode.” Hate to break it to you, world, but contrary to popular belief; men are NOT void of emotions.

In fact, even JESUS invited women into his inner-circle.

Coming from a family of strong women, I never once in my entire childhood felt that if I wanted to be President (and I did at one time…until I realized how much work that involves…) that I couldn’t.

My parents have always been equal in my eyes. I have never expected anyone to provide for me.

And now, we have women, strong women, in places of power, telling other women to not bother with their dreams.

To let men do what they’re “meant” to do and to let women let them do that.

Well, fuck that.

So I’m here to tell YOU, the person reading this right now, that you can be meant for whatever you WANT to be meant for.

MAKE yourself be meant for something. Don’t wait for the world to do it for you or to tell you yes or no. Make it happen! Embrace challenges. Embrace adversity. Embrace the people and situations that will tell you no.

You decide the person you want to be. Don’t let some rude CEO with a John & Kate Plus Eight A-Line haircut tell you whom you can and cannot be. (Or even who you can and cannot vote for.)

You need to make it happen! Make yourself meant to be whatever it is that makes you excited to wake up in the morning and makes you feel accomplished when you go to bed at night.

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl or even not quite sure yet. Anything is possible. If you can’t find your dream job or life…then create it!

Don’t let anyone take away your ability to dream because they think you’re not “meant” to.

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Kelli Johnson is an aspiring writer and the current (self-proclaimed) most kickass substitute teacher of all time. Her obsessions include coffeehouse chatter, Radiohead on rainy days (aka Rainiohead), and coming up with alternative tag lines for the Real Housewives. When she's not molding young minds or crying over her student loans, she can be found watching Golden Girls reruns or frolicking with her sweet tortoise named Spartacus.