“I just don’t think it’s ‘her turn’,” one male friend declared. Agreed. We don’t select our president from a queue because they’ve been waiting a long time: “Next!” Yet while it may be politically irrelevant to declare that it’s “her turn,” I deeply resent the notion that it’s not, in fact, maybe, just possibly, “our turn.” I can only speak for myself, but as a woman in a society in which I have never once looked up and seen a woman in the highest branch of office and only rarely (and very recently) seen them elsewhere in government, the suggestion that her gender isn’t really that relevant in this race is insulting and alienating.
I wish just one of my progressive friends would make the argument about the value of having a female president without stating, “all things being equal” or evoke Elizabeth Warren. Sorry guys, she’s not running for president. And the fact that she’s pretty much the only alternative you can come up with is emblematic of my point. We are nowhere near gender equality in government or elsewhere, and as a progressive person, that should matter to you. A lot.