Despite the demagogues rhetoric, the U.S. is becoming more inclusive. In part because of changing demograpics. Nearly eight years ago, we elected our first African American President. Then we re-elected him.
Odds are we’re going to elect our first female President this November. When though, will we elect our second female President? Our second African American? Our first Latino or Latina? Second Latino or Latina?
A conservative friend writes me and says this election shouldn’t have anything to do with gender. Only excellence. I guess I’m supposed to believe it’s a crazy coincidence that forty four times in a row a man has been most excellent just as one could flip a coin forty four times and have it come up heads everytime. Sure, that’s plausible.
Only when we join the following list will candidates’ gender start to fade in importance.
Countries that have had more than one female leader (includes acting, interim leaders etc)^
|Switzerland (6)||Six presidents*|
|Sri Lanka (3)||One president, two prime ministers|
|Haiti (3)||One president, two prime ministers|
|Finland (3)||One president, two prime ministers|
|South Korea (3)||Two prime ministers, one president|
|Lithuania (3)||One president, two prime ministers|
|Argentina (2)||Two presidents|
|Bangledesh (2)||Two prime ministers|
|Central African Republic (2)||One president, one prime minister|
|Guyana (2)||One president, one prime minister*|
|Iceland (2)||One president, one prime minister|
|India (2)||One president, one prime minister|
|Ireland (2)||Two presidents|
|Israel (2)||One president, one prime minister|
|Liberia (2)||Two presidents|
|Philippines (2)||Two presidents|
|New Zealand (2)||Two prime ministers|
|São Tomé and Príncipe (2)||Two prime ministers|
|Sengal (2)||Two prime ministers|
*Switzerland has seen six female presidential terms, though two of those were held by the same woman. Guyana’s tally is also debatable, since their female prime minister and female president were the same person.
Someone once said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In this case, it’s a chart, but hey, close enough!