The United States has its first female vice president. The first woman ever to be voted into the white house. Although the democrats decided on a traditional presidential candidate in Joe Biden, they saw that the time had finally come to also vote a woman into office. Biden was a safer bet when it came to voting Trump out of that same office, Harris for president would have been more of a wildcard. Considering his age, Biden has stated that he won’t run for president for a second term. It will be interesting to see if Harris will become the next Democratic presidential candidate. It depends on her achievements in the coming years.
The headlines with the first woman in the white house are of course historic, but still, a sense of sadness settles in. Why do we always have to label everyone according to gender, race, religion, etc? People are people. It’s as simple as that. But for most of us, it’s not that simple.
When it comes to gender, there are still a lot of prevailing prejudices. Like women have trouble cooperating, you need a man in the workgroup to keep the women in check, girls choose to play with dolls instead of lego. We have different expectations for boys and girls. If a little boy falls from the swing, he is likely to be told to get up again, while a little girl is comforted.
We’ve come a long way, but we mustn’t fool ourselves into believing that we are a gender-equal society. There’s still things to be done, changes to be made and we’re all responsible for making them happen.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last”
– Kamala Harris