Ms. Cheryl Rios, CEO of Go Ape Marketing recently incurred a barrage of criticism when she posted on her personal Facebook page her belief that women should not become President of the United States. Rios said women are not capable of the Presidency due to: “hormones” and a “biblical background … that’s how God wanted it, and again, it’s my belief and how I run my household and how I am.”
Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. With that being said, I could not disagree more vehemently with Rios’ position. Do you think the following names: Angela Merkel, Golda Meir, Benazir Bhutto, Queen Elizabeth I and Margaret Thatcher ring a bell for Ms. Rios? They represent some of the world’s most prestigious female leaders, past and present.
Let’s discuss the two main reasons Rios suggested disqualifies women from the Oval Office: “biblical background”, i.e. religious belief and “hormones” i.e. science (neuroscience and endocrinology). As far as what God “wants” for women, (or anyone else for that matter), far be it from me to touch this with a ten-foot pole. Religious beliefs are rooted in faith; therefore, its validity and truth cannot be proven or disproven from a scientific, logical perspective. Therefore, it is an exercise in futility to argue this specific disqualification for women from the White House.
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