As of today, Chile now has their first female president. I heard this story yesterday on NPR as I was trying to get ready for work. What seriously bothered me was the fact that about five minutes before the Chile story, they were announcing the results of some new poll that asked Californians if we were "ready for a female President." It's absolutely ridiculous that we even need to ask this question. Let's look at the list of countries that have had female leaders:
Central African Republic
Sao Tome and Principe
The United Kingdom
47 countries. And that's not counting any countries that have been ruled by female monarchies. That's just a list of 47 countries that have elected or appointed female presidents or prime ministers. Now, there are 192 countries in the world which means that over one-fourth of the world has been lead by a woman at one point or another.
Do you see what I mean? Mongolia, Pakistan and Rwanda are more socially progressive than the United States. Part of China, one of the main Muslim countries in the world, and a nation that slaughtered millions of its own citizens -- all of them are more progressive than the good ol' US of A.
What is our problem? Who is it in this country that actually thinks we'd dissolve into anarchy with a female President? Don't those people realize that their children are taught by women and that their cities most likely have female city council members? This ridiculous Neanderthal notion that the US has to be run by men is a joke that a fair chunk of the rest of the world seems to realize is outdated. We need to get with the program.