It was good to see Hillary Clinton back on the public stage participating in a Women’s International Day event in New York City. If ever there was an example of resilience and “bounce back ability” she would be it.
Describing her failed campaign to be elected as the first female president of the USA as “life handing her setbacks,” Clinton heralded the support and encouragement she received from her family and friends as being pivotal in her journey back from “failure to success.” (https://goo.gl/SzX8Zh)
It seems that her time in retreat has been spent on reflection and she is moving to a place of renewal and is now planning the next stage of her career.
Failure to Success: Lessons from Hillary https://goo.gl/SzX8Zh
Although the former secretary of state talked about the need for more women to actively run for public office and take on leadership roles in their communities, she did not talk about the tough veneer those women need to have in order to play in a US political arena dominated by misogynistic men.
Unlike many other countries throughout the world Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Jamaica, Norway, Poland……… the list goes on, who have managed to accept the idea that a woman can lead a country, the USA alas, is not yet ready to break that glass ceiling.
The political fiasco in Washington that the world is witnessing right now, sadly sends a message to women that no matter how much public leadership experience you have, no matter how smart, intelligent, and suitable a candidate you are, we would rather elect a man to run the country, even if he his disingenuous, lacks the skills, values, and temperament required for the position.
In spite of this set back, the number of women running for public office has risen sharply since Clinton lost the 2016 Presidential Election.
In her International Women’s Day 2017 message, Clinton reminds us that “the unfinished business of the 21st Century is the “shattering of stereotypes” and the full equality of women.” In this regard the many women who are now running for public office in the USA will need unrelenting support.