2012 Conventions: Year of the Woman

By Samantha White

As you already know, the Presidential election is just around the corner and the campaigns are in full swing. The Republican National Convention nominated Mitt Romney last week and the Democratic National Convention nominated President Obama this week.

Despite the fact that the 2008 elections had two women in the running (Sarah Palin as the Republican VP nominee and Hilary Clinton as the Democratic candidate second to Obama), there were considerably fewer female speakers at either convention compared to this year’s political pep rallies. The RNC’s 25 women and the DNC’s 35 women speakers included representatives, congressional candidates, senators, governors, former presidential cabinet members, and women’s rights activists, among others. The two most widely known female speakers, of course, were the candidates’ wives.

Ann Romney, wife to GOP candidate Mitt, and Michelle Obama, current First Lady, were both key speakers at their respective conventions. Both spoke of love for their husbands, talked about the struggles their marriages faced and the joy their children brought, and gave nothing but positive anecdotes about the men they think should be the next President. Hearing what these two women in particular have to say definitely adds an interesting element to the election.

It’s an exciting time for women as so many female political leaders are becoming more and more visible. Looking ahead, there are already some names of women being tossed around as potential candidates for the 2016 presidential election.

Regardless of which party you side with or who you hope our next President is, it’s obvious that both sides want your vote and are making women a priority in campaigning. If you aren’t yet registered to vote, do it now so that you’re ready to fill out your ballot come November!

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