Amer­ica’s lack of fe­male pres­i­dent ‘ex­cep­tional’

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It’s high time the United States elected the first woman pres­i­dent, and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s abil­ity to han­dle global and do­mes­tic is­sues makes her most qual­i­fied to do the job, ac­cord­ing to a new book edited by Dinesh Sharma, as­so­ciate re­search pro­fes­sor at the In­sti­tute for Global Cul­tural Stud­ies, Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity, State Univer­sity of New York.

In pub­lished by Rout­ledge (Tay­lor & Fran­cis Group), Sharma sug­gests that as a lead­ing ad­vo­cate of “smart power” – that is, com­bin­ing Amer­ica’s ‘hard’ mil­i­tary power and ‘soft’ cul­tural power – Clin­ton is ar­guably poised to tackle Amer­ica’s global chal­lenges than other can­di­dates.

“Amer­ica is an ex­cep­tional na­tion in many ways, but when it comes to elect­ing a woman pres­i­dent, Amer­ica is re­ally an ex­cep­tion to the rule,” said Sharma. “In a lot of places in the world – in­clud­ing Europe, Africa, Asia, Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, and even in Latin Amer­ica – fe­male heads of state have al­ready been elected. The United States is the old­est con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy and gave women the right to vote 100 years ago; the fact that it hasn’t suc­ceeded in elect­ing a woman to the ex­ec­u­tive of­fice raises some con­cerns.”

The Global Hil­lary crit­i­cally an­a­lyzes Clin­ton’s role as a trans­for­ma­tive leader of global in­flu­ence by bring­ing to­gether two key as­pects of Clin­ton’s on­go­ing ca­reer — her ad­vo­cacy for in­ter­na­tional women’s rights and the mis­sion to foster demo­cratic devel­op­ment around the world.

“This book about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s global im­age — former First Lady, U.S. Sen­a­tor and Sec­re­tary of State — is as much about the chang­ing na­ture of Amer­i­can life as it is about the Amer­i­can nar­ra­tive that has re­mained fixed,” said Sharma. “Amer­ica still rep­re­sents a revolutionary idea — a na­tion founded by a band of re­bel­lious broth­ers on the prin­ci­ples of free­dom and equal­ity. Amer­i­cans are still hold­ing out the prom­ise of lib­erty, a torch held high for the rest of the world, try­ing to shape the world in their own im­age.”

Fea­tur­ing a di­verse set of es­says, the col­lec­tion pro­vides in­sight into Clin­ton’s lead­er­ship style, par­tic­u­larly, her use of Amer­i­can “smart power” in for­eign pol­icy, while ex­am­in­ing her im­pact on the con­tin­u­ing uni­ver­sal strug­gle for women’s rights.

“We’re fo­cused on the so-called Hil­lary Doc­trine. She be­lieves in com­bin­ing (mil­i­tary, eco­nom­ics) with

hard power soft, cul­tural

(2012). power (me­dia, in­no­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion) and en­hanc­ing women’s and girls’ lives around the world,” said Sharma. “She’s a big ad­vo­cate of us­ing smart power around the world to win over peo­ple through diplo­macy, and to build a bet­ter world, and im­prove Amer­ica’s im­age.”

Sharma’s cur­rent classes are fo­cused on hu­man rights, glob­al­iza­tion, lead­er­ship and the UN. In ad­di­tion, Sharma teaches about global lead­er­ship and the UN at Fordham Univer­sity at Lin­coln Cen­ter, and has au­thored and edited sev­eral books, in­clud­ing

(2014)

and

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