Throughout our history, the United States has not really allowed women to enter into politics as much as men. Women only got the right to vote officially in August 1920, compared to our founding fathers being called "fathers" in conjunction with "founding" instead of "mothers." Just because we haven't seen gender equality in American politics doesn't mean we should just use this as a guideline and elect a woman for president. In my eyes, that's what the goal of feminism and overall equality is all about: Voters being blind to the fact that their preferred candidate is running on estrogen or testosterone.
Meet Carly Fiorina. Born in Texas (although she doesn't live there anymore), Carly is running for president as a Republican. Just falling behind Donald Trump in the polls, she is definitely gaining attention from voters. According to her website, "Our founders never imagined a government led by career politicians. It's time to put a citizen leader in the White House."
Carly's whole campaign centers around her standing apart from being a politician. She isn't just a politician. She is a CEO, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, and above all, a citizen just like you and me.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, introduce yourself to Hillary Clinton. Not a foreign name to any newspaper, Hillary is running on the democratic side of the race. She voices strong positions on immigration, college costs and helping the middle class.
The relationship between the two female candidates, on opposing sides, is interesting. Carly interviewed with People and had this to say: "We as women, especially in presidential politics, need to play by the same rules as the men. If we want to play this game as equals, we need to play by the same rules, and that means our track record is relevant...And so I never make a personal comment about Hillary Clinton – my criticism of her is fact-based, based on her actions and track record. And that is fair game."
I think what Carly says is exemplary of what I believe. Women in politics should have been a thing since the beginning. However, I don't think gender should affect the assessment of whether someone is qualified for the job of the the presidency. When I cast my vote in 2016, it's going to be for the individual I believe in the most, whether it happens to be a woman or man.