"Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do." President Richard M. Nixon. President Richard Nixon, 37th U.S. President, resigned from office in 1974.
Nixon was clearly no champion for women, African Americans, or Jews, but his quote on a woman president may be prophetic.
Though, Sec. Hillary R Clinton has made no official announcement to run for president, the playing field is certainly favorable for a woman to take office in the coming years.
And Clinton is not the only woman of political prominence when it comes to being viable for the office. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) won her Senate seat in Nov.2012 after helping design the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for President Obama. Warren can and has sparred with the best of DC.
She was not appointed to head the agency she helped design because she was told by the president the Republicans would block her nomination, she made them nervous.
And just how and why does she make GOP fidgety? She learned early on of the "insider" and "outsider" rule in Washington. Warren said the insider rule is that, you only care about those inside Washington (special interest groups, power brokers, lobbyists, etc.) and all others, American people (outsiders), don't matter cause you don't care about them. Insiders never side with outsiders against insiders.
When President Obama, or any president initiates a plan beneficial to the American people (outsiders), the insiders spring into action. The insiders draft a propaganda machine to discredit the president's policy or image so cleverly, the people trust, erroneously, what benefits them is actually harmful to them. The only harm is the profit margin is being reduced for the insiders who invest in lets say, high healthcare cost. Those clever insiders. Aren't they great?
Seriously, the insider rule is to maintain central power in DC or Wall Street. This rule didn't sit well with Senator Warren and she's not afraid to speak out against it.
Senator Warren, has so far chosen not to run for president.
Warren grew up in Oklahoma, where she was born in a middle class family. Once her father took ill from a heart attack, her mother had to work as a telephone operator to make ends meet. Elizabeth would learn to appreciate hard work herself as she grew older and helped her family.
To see the decline of the middle class after the 2007 financial debacle, only inspired her to take political action in a different direction. Warren had worked as a law professor at Harvard University and was an intrigued advocate. She sought to address or review the bankruptcy and financial laws dismantling the middle class.
In 1995 she was asked to be an advisor for the New Bankruptcy Review Commission at Harvard. By 2008 she chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel to monitor TARP. In 2011 she was part of the financial reform legislation and an advisor to President Obama's, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yet, Warren had not run for political office.
She decided to run for office after being denied leadership of the consumer financial agency she helped design. And when approached by a citizen who had traveled miles away to ask if she would run for Senate and fight for her. Sen. Warren pondered briefly and replied, yes, she would get elected and fight for her.