Essay on Presidential Candidates Vs. Carly Fiorina

797 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina have been strong competitors in the 2016 president campaign. Despite their wide media coverage and strong base of supporters, there are many Americans who doubt either candidate will succeed to win the election. This perspective of the female political underdog derives from the archaic ideals of sexism. It’s because of this sexisms that female presidential candidates must be ultra strategical with their rhetoric and communication. Despite the strong sexism in politics, female presidential candidates should use their femininity as an asset to their campaign strategy. While there has been a recent increase of female politicians, these women face extreme difficulties during their campaigns. Many of these challenges rise from the media aspect of campaigning. These women are challenged with representing themselves through the “male-biased” media. Female candidates are usually asked frivolous questions such as “Who designed your outfit?” while their male competitors are asked about the important issues. Another main issue is “there is a cultural idea for women to harmonize the role of ‘working woman’ with quintessential housewife” (Gonzalez). Women must battle this issue when asked “How will you balance work life and family?” which is a question men are almost never asked. Dispelling the belief that females are superhuman and recognizing that they are human will give power to female politicians and opportunities in the…

Related Documents