What makes Americans attracted to Presidents from Mars rather than Venus and what will it take for a woman to break through America’s most exclusive glass ceiling?

Every year in Luton Sixth Form College the Politics department holds the Politics Prize competition. Last year Adam Deacon won the prize with his article on North Korea. This year Sophy Lelliot won with her excellent piece on the glass women that American females face on the quest for political power which you can read below.

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ABOVE: Sophy Lelliot receiving her Politics Prize from the principal, Chris Nicholls.

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The First Female Almost-President of the United States

Bill Clinton once labelled himself ‘the first black President’; if this kind of logic was applied last month Hillary Clinton would be ending her career in politics as the first female President of the United States. No, I am not oblivious to the outcome of the 2008 Democratic primaries. Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, the nearest thing to a number one spot is her second place position on the Forbes list of One Hundred Most Powerful Women. The worst part is not the fact that the woman who has shaped American policy for the last four years is not President, it’s that the number one on that list is Angela Merkel.

Hillary Clinton has perhaps had the most fascinating and influential career in politics of any woman of the last fifty years. Her mark dates right back to the 1960s at Wesley College where she organised student strikes following the assassination of Martin Luther King and worked with black students to recruit more African-American faulty members and students. It could be argued that here, Hillary Clinton really moulded her political beliefs as a Democrat, despite the fact she has persistently argued that the Republican Party had left her behind rather than vice versa. The Republican Party lost many members in this time of re-alignment but none as valuable as Hillary Clinton.

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