The Kind of Women Who Can Be President of the United States

The Kind of Women Who Can Be President of the United States

Label: Women | Author: Stanford Erickson
Mar 9, 2016

I wrote “The Kind of Women Who Can Be President of the United States” primarily for two reasons. From the 2016 election to the end of the 21st century, I assume, as many women will be elected president of the United States as men. Secondly, the reality today is that our country is fighting for its survival as a democratic republic. A country in which ultimate authority and power is derived from the citizens, and the government itself is run through elected officials.

Since increasingly in this century women will equal and may dominate our republic’s elected officials, I thought it important to describe the kind of courageous women—eight of them– who have demonstrated political leadership in the 20th century and attempt to describe the type of women who should be elected president of the United States today and in the future. Four of the women in which I do in-depth biographies are still involved in politics—German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Carly Fiorina, who campaigned to be the Republican presidential nominee, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is currently campaigning to be the Democratic presidential nominee. The other women I write about are Edith Wilson (second wife of President Woodrow Wilson), Golda Meir, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Thatcher.

In my earlier book, “Mama’s Boys Presidents: Why Do We Keep Electing Them,” I described eleven men who have held the U.S. presidency. Based on the success and failure of their presidency, I suggest the kind of men I thought needed to be elected president in the future.

Since women are not only a majority in country but also are a majority of those who vote for the U.S. president, the election of a woman as president is highly probable. The first time Gallup surveyed Americans whether they were willing to vote for a woman to be U.S. president was in 1937 and only one-third said they would. In 2015 when Gallup surveyed Americans with that same question, 92 percent of those surveyed said yes.

According to national exit polls, 53 percent of voters across the country were women in the 2012 presidential election. Also, of the women who voted, 56 percent voted for President Barack Obama compared to 44 percent for Republican challenger Governor Willard Mitt Romney. That gender gap is the largest the Gallup Poll has measured in a presidential election since Gallup in 1952 began compiling the difference between women and men voters.

In other words, if American woman got behind a woman running for president, she would win hands down. That is why I predict that we will have as many women president of the United States in the 21st century as men. The key now is what kind of women we need to elect if we are to continue to be a democratic republic.

As I point out in my earlier book, “Mama’s Boy Presidents: Why Do We Keep Electing Them,” the best presidents have been those who have learned to be psychologically balanced in terms of integrating their attachment to their mothers and their fathers. Conflicted presidents like George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both Mama’s Boys, tend to be erratic in how they manage. Psychologically balanced presidents like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, bring unity to a country. When the head of a snake moves a bit the tail flings about. Unsteady leadership creates that kind of erratic movement among the population as well.

In my book “The Kind of Women Who Can Be President of the United States,” I point out that among those women in politics today the balanced ones are Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Carly Fiorina and Elizabeth Warren. The problem with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and why she appears to be inauthentic, is that she attempts to be someone who emulates her father when she really down deep is someone who emulates her mother; she is a Mama’s Girl. Mrs. Clinton is very astute. She knows that the United States generally prefers to elect women who are tough like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a Daddy’s’ Girl. We want women to stand up to radical Islam. Until this election, Hillary has pretended to be this tough-minded Daddy’s Girl. For example, in the congressional hearings of Benghazi she shouted out, “What difference—at this point difference does in make” how the four Americans were killed. In Mrs. Clinton’s current campaign for the presidency, we are seeing a warmer, grandmotherly Hillary Clinton. She even dropped Rodham from her campaign literature. I would appear that she now is attempting to be more authentic, to be the Mama’s Girl that she is.

Being a woman leader who is in politics has not been easy and that is why I refer to the eight women I write about as being “courageous.” At the most basic gut level, all these women had to make sacrifices in their marriages to be successful political leaders. Of the eight women leaders described in this book, three were divorced from their first husbands (Angela Merkel, Carly Fiorina and Elizabeth Warren), one’s husband died early in their marriage (Edith Bolling Galt Wilson) and three stayed in very troubled marriages (Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir and Hillary Rodham Clinton). Only Margaret Thatcher enjoyed a marriage in which she and her husband Denis were emotionally mutually supportive of one another. All three of the women who were divorced (Angela Merkel, Carly Fiorina and Elizabeth Warren) chose husbands the second time around who supported their wives’ careers more than the women supported their husbands’ careers.

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