|Is It Time for a Female President? One Woman Says Absolutely NOT
By: Jeannine Wheeler
The PR spin doctors are in overdrive arguing for and against the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, now that she has formally announced her plans to seek the presidency of the United States. Arguments will be based on her experience, vision, and yes, gender — but who could have predicted that a female CEO would be arguing against her election based on gender alone?
“With the hormones we have, there is no way (a woman) should be able to start a war,” Texas CEO Cheryl Rios wrote in her Facebook post, according to KTVT. “Yes, I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President. That should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”
In fact, says Rios, who is CEO of Dallas marketing and PR firm Go Ape Marketing, she will “move to Canada” if Hillary Clinton becomes head of state.
To her credit, Rios did not delete her Facebook post after facing substantial criticism and instead defended her views in an extended Twitter comment, saying:
“Will say this and leave it at that. I believe in what I believe. In this great country we are allowed our own opinions. Mine may be something you don't agree with, and so be it. I am old fashioned; I am Christian and believe what I have said. I didn't say that women should be abused, or that they are stupid or can't be lawyers, doctors or run successful businesses, I fully know and support that they can as I have done that. I mentioned one position only the Head of our government, the Head of State, the Commander in Chief, the President. With that, please stop the nastiness as it wasn't meant in that light. Peace, Love and Happiness.”
Although it's impossible for me to agree with her view, it is her prerogative to give it.
One woman who definitely does not agree is the candidate herself, who asked guests at an Emily’s List event on March 4: “Don’t you someday want to see a woman president?”
Apparently, not everyone does.
Jeannine Wheeler is a PR Director who has worked in three countries, including Russia, the US and the UK. She is currently Sr. Vice President of Pure Energy PR, a full-service boutique communications firm with a focus on the energy, healthcare, technology, construction, real estate & land development, tourism & hospitality and food & beverage industries. Jeannine is in the firm's Austin, Texas office.
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