I know there’s going to be a lot of talk about gender in the 2016 elections, and I feel the need to weigh in. As an Iowan, I am proud to take part in our first-in-the-nation caucuses. I’m not sure who I’ll be supporting, and I’m not even sure whether I’ll caucus with the Republicans or Democrats. But you can be assured that I’ll be paying close attention to the early candidates and doing my best to make an informed decision.
But there is one question I already know the answer to: whether or not a woman can be president. Because we should be focusing on a different (and much more important) issue: whether it’s the right woman.
I truly believe that a woman president would not be a bad thing for the United States, but only if it’s the right woman. The right woman can bridge the divide between the parties and bring a different perspective to the White House. The right woman can help shatter glass ceilings and provide girls (and other women) with an amazing role model for success and leadership. The right woman can use her God-given talents to lead our country in a way that hasn’t been done before.
So, let’s not discount any candidates based on their gender, and let’s not support them solely for the same reason. Think critically about what each candidate has to offer, including their gender, and vote for the one you believe would make the best president.