The political climate of the world is going through a major turmoil at the moment. Especially in the United States, where the upcoming Presidential elections are the cynosure of all eyes. What makes things even more interesting is a woman, Hillary Clinton running for the post of the President of the United States of America.
However, President’s rank is much higher than the apparent gender roles the society equates women with, making Hillary’s journey much more difficult as well as newsworthy. This is what Hillary talks about in her post for the popular Facebook page, Humans of New York.
She spoke about the way one has to be present themselves in front of the voters and all the work it takes.
“I’m not Barack Obama. I’m not Bill Clinton. Both of them carry themselves with a naturalness that is very appealing to audiences. But I’m married to one and I’ve worked for the other, so I know how hard they work at being natural. It’s not something they just dial in. They work and they practice what they’re going to say. It’s not that they’re trying to be somebody else. But it’s hard work to present yourself in the best possible way.”
She also mentioned that for a woman in politics, there are very few idols to look up to. People view men and women from a different lens.
“You have to communicate in a way that people say: ‘OK, I get her.’ And that can be more difficult for a woman. Because who are your models? If you want to run for the Senate, or run for the Presidency, most of your role models are going to be men. And what works for them won’t work for you. Women are seen through a different lens. It’s not bad. It’s just a fact.”
She expressed how the same actions by men and women are perceived differently by society. Frankly, that holds true around the world in all work settings.
“I’ll go to these events and there will be men speaking before me, and they’ll be pounding the message, and screaming about how we need to win the election. And people will love it. And I want to do the same thing. Because I care about this stuff. But I’ve learned that I can’t be quite so passionate in my presentation. I love to wave my arms, but apparently that’s a little bit scary to people. And I can’t yell too much. It comes across as ‘too loud’ or ‘too shrill’ or ‘too this’ or ‘too that.’ Which is funny, because I’m always convinced that the people in the front row are loving it.”