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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

History Has Been Made

I think that even if Hillary Clinton is not the nominee of your party or of your heart, you must still recognize what a momentous, hinge of history moment this is. Women have had the right to vote in this country since 1919. It's taken nearly a hundred years to have a woman run for president as the nominee of a major party.

Golda Meier became Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India in 1966 (and is to date the only female Prime Minister the country has ever had.) Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979. Isabel Martinez de Peron became President of Peru in 1974. Vigdis Finnbogadottir became President of Iceland in 1980. Corazon Aquino became President of the Philippines in 1986. Park Geun-hye became President of South Korea in 2013. Angela Merkel became Germany's first woman Chancellor in 2009.

If you want to be stunned by just how far behind the U.S. is in giving women a voice in politics, just check out this Wikipedia listing of all the places who have elected or appointed a woman to lead.

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