U.S. can benefit from women in politics

In the past 10 years, women have increasingly become more important in U.S. politics.It’s about time that, 86 years after women earned the right to vote, Americans see a significant change in political gender.

Madeleine Albright became the first female U.S. Secretary of State 10 years ago. Just this year, Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House.

And divisive as she is, Hillary Clinton is, without a doubt, the first female presidential candidate with a strong chance of winning, or at least earning a significant amount of votes.

Since Eleanor Roosevelt set the bar, first ladies have also become increasingly important despite having no official powers in their role.

The trend of more females in politics isn’t just an American thing; women have been asserting themselves elsewhere in the world long before Americans have.

Carrie Liu Currier is an assistant professor of political science and a member of the Women’s Studies program.

Currier said gender in politics has become less important because of a change in society.

“There is a less of a stigma attached to women running in high levels in political office,” Currier said.

In the past 20 years, Currier said, women are becoming accepted as global leaders, depending on the countries.

Currently, there are 10 female heads of state serving worldwide in countries such as Chile, Mozambique and Ireland.

Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, has made tremendous changes to the nation’s economy. French politician Segolene Royal is regarded by many to be the frontrunner in the 2007 French presidential elections.

It’s apparent that elsewhere people know women are just as capable of holding office as men.

And according to a Feb. 11 USA Today/Gallup poll, 88 percent of respondents said they would vote for a female candidate for our highest office.

It’s only a matter of time before the United States gets its own Mrs. President.

Managing editor John-Laurent Tronche for the editorial board.