One of the most profound shifts of the 21st Century is the emerging power of women. From the #metoo movement to issues of equal pay for equal work, from shattering glass ceilings to dismantling patriarchal economic and social systems, the 21st Century will continue to see a deep rebalancing of male and female power.
As the first woman President of the United States, I would be deeply aware of my pivotal role in ushering in a new era of female leadership. For me, the purpose of such extraordinary power would be more than symbolic. If I am given the authority, I will use the full powers of the presidency to advocate for the things women care about.
In many ways, it is difficult to separate issues of women’s health and pay equity. Women still make, on average, just 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, and this affects every aspect of a woman’s life, including her health and wellbeing.
Our economic system was created by men, for men - and only recently have women been allowed power within that system. The proverbial glass ceiling traditionally kept women out of the market system, and while the situation has certainly improved, it will take years to transform the kind of thinking that still leaves women out of the game.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cites multiple studies that show between 22% and 57% of homeless women are homeless because of violence committed against her. One in three American women are living on the brink of poverty. Women are not only breadwinners in the family, but they are often also the primary caregivers for their children. Consequently, there are few ways to improve families without improving the economic circumstances of women. Furthermore, statistics show us that women care more about the environment, and the earth itself, than most men. Consequently, it is not only supporting women economically but adopting their mindsets of protection of community and planet, that needs to be a priority for any White House, and certainly will be, with mine.
The feminine energy is the energy of creation and of protection of the community. By adopting policies to protect women, society simply protects itself.