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The Presidency Matters, Australia

by Sophie James

So now we all know Donald Trump is the new president of the United States of America for the next four years. Didn’t think I would ever write that sentence.

My Facebook blew up with people shocked, angered and upset that Donald Trump won presidency over Hilary Clinton. Some of my friends, however complained that we shouldn’t care or commented on concerned posts asking why, as Australians they’re worried. For that reason I decided to write this article, because we should care about who the president is, what happens in the world affects us.

If you followed the election, you would be aware of Donald Trump’s disdain for China, his commitment to trade wars against them. In Australia our most important allies are China and the US, thanks to our need for better security and trade. Thus, a trade war between the US and China could result in diplomatic tensions and perhaps a trade-off, security-for-trade or trade-for-security. We can’t even keep a prime minister.

One reason why Australians should care, especially millennials hits close at home. As a female I’ve been under the myth of male domination, I’m told men stronger both emotionally, physically and psychologically. I’ve been expected to conform to certain cosmetic standards. Whereas men can look however they want.

A woman who had a good education, worked hard, had been in public service for decades, stood by her husband through thick and thin and believed in gender equality couldn’t become president because she is a woman. Yet a man with no background in public service, who made sexist, racist and ableist remarks, had can treat women as lesser, started his own fake college, bankrupted his companies, who thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax can.

This election just reveals it’s a man’s world and women are simply trophies and maids. What moved me to tears was the fact that people may actually start to think Trump is right, that men start to think they can grab a woman anywhere they want. This scares me and it should scare you.

It’s upsetting that Hilary Clinton tried so hard to defend race, gender and sexuality and yet voters disagreed. Her supporters were watching and waiting for the results at a New York convention center where the ceiling was glass. When Hilary won, that glass ceiling would metaphorically shatter, for women not just in the US but the world over. Unfortunately, it seems like we are going to have to wait another four years for even a glimmer of female power in the Whitehouse.

As women we should empower each other, stand up and let our voices be heard. It may be a sad time for race relations, for LGBT right etc, but we shall never back down and we one day take them back.

That’s why we should care about who is the next president and why we should care about world news, because we are a global community.

“You will have successes and setbacks, too. This loss hurts, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. Nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.
Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
“And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams,” – HR Clinton.

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