What Clinton’s Loss to Trump Means for Women

Presidential candidate Clinton and her Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine at a Pennsylvania rally.

Presidential candidate Clinton and her Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine at a Pennsylvania rally.

On November 8th,  America was given the choice between a male or female candidate to lead the country as president for the next four years. Both big party candidates, Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D),  found themselves unwanted by many.

However, no matter which party, it was a known fact that a Clinton victory would have made history in being the first female president of the United States. In fact, “Let’s Make History” was a common slogan of her supporters.

Unfortunately, Clinton’s supporters found themselves distraught Thursday evening as her opponent, Donald Trump, captured the first 272 electoral votes. It was a devastating loss for Clinton supporters; however, the presidential candidate did not disappoint her fans when she delivered her concession speech the following Friday.

Clinton reminded her supporters, specifically female, of how impactful her victory would have been for women’s rights. She also encouraged future generations to stand up against the gender barrier that was one of the main contributors in making the election so divisive.

“Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” stated Clinton during her speech. “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

In my opinion, a presidential candidate is more than their sex, it is easy to see that America needs more female leadership politically. According to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) less than 20% of the House, Congress, and Senate are made up of women. Electing more women to the House, Congress, and the Senate and shattering that glass ceiling are critical to obtaining a kind of world that sees women in power.

Singer Katy Perry chose to quote novelist Toni Morrison in a statement encouraging women and minorities to continue fighting for their beliefs, “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.”