HALLOWEEN COSTUME PROPOSAL TO GIRLS:
GOODBYE, PRINCESS. HELLO, PRESIDENT!
May I propose girls and young women dress as the first female president of the United States this Halloween?
My goal is to empower you to become president of your homeroom, class, student government, clubs, own company, something! Your photos will capture strong, confident girls and young women, to be used ln your future leadership biographies and campaign stories.
Currently, women comprise 20 percent of the U.S. Senate, 19 percent of the House of Representatives, only six governors and less than 25 percent of state legislatures and less than 20 percent of city mayors.
I’ve been told that males at the now co-ed prestigious prep schools and colleges continue to dominate leadership positions.
What is the female leadership status in your middle school, high school, college, city, state?
Have you considered running for office or working to elect a female candidate?
GIRLS PLAY HOUSE: THE WHITE HOUSE
In Iceland, boys asked if they could grow up to be president, because Vigdis Finnbogadottir served as the first female president for 16 years, from 1980 to 1996, and they hadn’t seen a male president. This year girls — and boys — saw a woman nominated to lead a major party U.S. presidential ticket for the first time.
Now when little girls play house, it could be the White House!
Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner Kersee was named for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Her grandmother explained “Someday this girl will the the First Lady of something!” Indeed, the six-time Olympic track and field medalist (three gold) was named by Sports Illustrated as the “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century.”
Hillary Clinton first ran for president at 16 in 1964, to be her high school student government head. She was junior class vice-president and ran against two boys. One of the boys told her she was “really stupid if I thought a girl could be elected President.” She lost the election but, as head of a committee, admitted she wound up doing most of the work. Sound familiar?
More attention is being addressed to empower girls and young women to focus on mental, and not physical attributes, and positive body image. Clinton’s hands-on male opponent likes women with MBAs: Major Breast Augmentations. Let’s bust that image and flat out focus on your body of work, not body work.
POSITIVE P-WORDS TO DESCRIBE FEMALES:
POWERFUL AND PRESIDENT
Not to be catty, I propose the media, political pundits and public, pivot from discussing the offensive P-word to describe females, to positive P-words: Powerful and President.
Last year the most popular girls’ Halloween costumes included “Frozen” characters, female super heroes Batgirl, Catwoman, Supergirl, Pink Power Ranger and Wonder Woman. Let’s get real and take the lead to represent and honor the powerful women leaders and role models who inspire you.
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: COMPLETE CIRCLE TO OVAL OFFICE
It will take a circle of staunch supporters together to finally elect the first female president of the United States to the Oval Office. The circle officially began at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848. From that meeting, it took 70 years for women to get the right to vote. Consider Eleanor Roosevelt was 36 when women could first vote in the presidential election in 1920. It’s taken another 96 hard-fought years to reach the milestone of nominating a major party female presidential candidate.
This year Barbie Doll has an all-female president and vice-president two-pack ticket. That reality, I expect, will be a long time coming. Let’s start by encouraging girls and young women to think of yourselves as a future president of something!
YOUR PHOTO HERE
Send your own Halloween photos here of future female presidents of middle school, high school, college, members of Congress, and the United States. Have a spirited Happy Halloween!
See: This Week in Women’s History in my “WOMEN MAKE HISTORY EVERY DAY DATABASE” at www.beverlywettenstein.com