Though it is a matter of opinion, one might consider America to be one of the most liberal, least chauvinistic countries, on a relative basis of course. (I think the Netherlands might beat it, but it’s up there.) There are equal rights. Everybody get a chance to vote. Women run Fortune 500 companies. Women have babies and careers all on their own. It’s become culturally accepted in the U.S. that women don’t really need men. Yo, having a man is optional. Women have role models. I mean, come on. We have Oprah.
Yet, it’s the machismo countries that have female Presidents.
Let’s face it. Machismo runs rampant in Latin America. You’d think that in Sao Paulo, the largest Latin American city, it wouldn’t be so bad. But here is my personal example.
My daughter wants to play soccer. I’ve asked around about this and here is the response I consistently receive. “It doesn’t exist.” Now they don’t mean it doesn’t exist at all, because of course, futebol is up there with Catholicism when it comes to worship. What they mean is that is doesn’t exist for GIRLS.
So females can’t play soccer, but they can run the country. Brazil has Dilma Rousseff. Argentina has Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Costa Rica has Laura Chinchilla Miranda. And this is not a new trend in the old L.A. Chile had Michelle Bachelet Jeria from 2006 to 2010. Nicaragua had Violeta Chamorro from 1990 to 1997. Panama had Mireya Moscoso from from 1999 to 2004.
And it’s not just Latin America. There are 20 females leading the world today.
So what’s up U.S? All right, all right. We didn’t elect the white Christian guy last time. Historically, a huge stride in the States. But from a global perspective? No big shakes. Are there even any real prospects for a female candidate in 2012? (Sarah Palin does NOT count.)
Come on Oprah. You’ve got some free time now. Drive us home a double header.