Many Democrats, women and feminists tuned in to a very important announcement on Sunday afternoon: Hillary Clinton’s announcement to run for president in the 2016 national election.
A few minutes after 3 p.m., she released a video on YouTube titled, “Getting Started”. It portrayed a diverse group of Americans: a man saying, in Spanish, that he is starting a business; a young black couple expecting a baby; a white woman who is going back to work after staying home with her children for five years; an Asian-American college student looking for a job; a gay couple who are engaged and a biracial couple.
At the end of the two-minute video, Clinton states, “Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion. So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I’m running for president.”
Ending years of speculation, Clinton’s announcement came as unsurprising to many Americans. She has likely established herself as the 2016 Democratic nominee and perhaps even the first woman to ever capture a party’s major nomination.
As a feminist, I quite certainly believe that it’s time a woman could become the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. However, Americans must give her their vote not on the sole basis that she is a woman but also on her stand on current issues in politics.
With a decades-long resume of political activity, Clinton has firmly established herself on several issues. She is a main supporter of women’s and children’s rights, has called for government action to fight climate change and backs immigration reform.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she said in her video.
Bustle Magazine went to the streets of New York City to find out what the average person thinks of her. Using only one word to describe her, the answers the magazine received were: “Fearless”, “Solid”, “Bada**”, “Smart”, “Bold”, “Interesting”, “Intelligent” and “Capable”.
Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, gave her thought on her mother running for president.
“When you ask about the importance of having a woman president, absolutely it’s important,” she said in an interview with Elle magazine. “One of our core values in this country is that we are the land of equal opportunity, but when equal hasn’t yet included gender, there is a fundamental challenge there that, I believe, having our first woman president — whenever that is — will help resolve,” Clinton said, adding it would made a “substantive difference.”
Like Chelsea Clinton, I am extremely proud and excited that a woman might finally be in control of the White House. As voters, however, we must remember to elect an official based on their political views, not solely based on a candidate’s gender.