I think I speak for the majority when I say that the recent presidential election results were an utter surprise.
I, along with many others, expected to wake up the morning after the election to the news that Hillary Clinton would be America’s first female president; she was leading in the polls, cleared of all email investigations, and running against a candidate who could only be described as a bully.
So what happened?
From my point of view, the results are a large-scale symbol of the internalized gender inequity within the United States.
As a young woman, I have been completely aware of the continuous gender discrimination in our country; however, we occasionally forget about its real effects.
For the past two years, women have not necessarily been the minority Americans have focused on – with the numerous unjustifiable murders of young, unarmed African-Americans, the growing Islamophobia paralleling the rise of ISIS, and the continuous terrorization of the LGBTQ community, justice is often needed in one place more than another.
That being said, the sexism we have seen recently is more subtle – it is ingrained and even subconscious. Therefore, it’s often overlooked.
If America reviewed the resumes of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump side by side in order to "hire" our executive leader, they would find one career politician and one businessman; one with an agenda and one with empty promises; but – most importantly – one woman and one man.
Women, on average, need to have resumes at least two and a half times more impressive than their male counterparts in order to be considered more qualified or better suited for a job – and the personification of this statistic lies within the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton – although clearly more qualified – simply hit her personal glass ceiling; the experience, the plan and the platform were not enough, overshadowed by her overpublicized alleged criminal act.
In my opinion, if Hillary Clinton were a man, she would’ve been the savior and uniting candidate voters longed for all year.
Maya Westcott is a senior at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.