Female President In 2008?

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

February 20, 2006

In less than three years the country will be again voting a new President into office. Is the electorate ready for a female to assume that role? Tonight a group called the White House Project held a discussion to talk about the possibility of a female president--something they say could soon become a reality.

"I think that the more women involved, the more equal it becomes, the better representation you have, the perspectives you have, the better," said Morgan Felchner.

For years only men were considered Presidential material, but advocates say that thought is changing. A recent CBS News/USA Today poll found that 92% of people would vote for a woman if she were qualified.

"We have a very different climate right now because people are trusting women at almost the same level as men to deal with foreign policy and be the commander-in-chief of the armed services," said Marie Wilson with The White House Project.

People packed a room at UVA to listen to a three person panel talking about the changing political world. Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers believes in this day-and-age, it will take a strong personality.

"I think a lot of times, woman say, they want to listen to everybody's point of view, which is one of the reasons that people like women in leadership positions, but you have to figure out how to listen without seeming like you can be pushed around," she said.

Felchner thinks two specific candidates rise to the forefront.

"The two that are talked about the most are Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. Everybody wants to see a Hillary, Condi matchup," she said.

While that is still a few years off, Wilson thinks discussions like these are a great start.

"It's having real people talk about it that starts to have people know this could really happen," she said.

This event kicked off a month-long campaign where people are being asked to vote for their choice for female for president. The voting runs through March 18. The results will then be published in Parade Magazine in April. If you would like to vote, visit www.thewhitehouseproject.org

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