Friday, March 4, 2005
The US ready for a woman president?
I'm not so sure this country (or Harvard President Larry Summers, for that matter! :) is actually ready for a woman president even though a recent poll put Hillary Clinton first and Condi Rice second in terms of popularity if they were to run. Many European and Asian countries have seen women heads of state but the US seems to lag behind.
But now at least there may be a woman president on TV -- Geena Davis, who first came to my notice along with Brad Pitt, in Thelma & Louise, is up for the new acting job according to this Boston Herald story [thanks to Mediapost.com]:
ABC, meanwhile, has tapped Geena Davis to star as the first female president in a new drama, ``Commander in Chief.'' If the show makes the fall schedule, Davis would join Mary McDonnell, who already leads the U.S. (and all humankind) on SciFi's revamped ``Battlestar Galactica.''
``I think it's great,'' said Marie C. Wilson, president of the nonprofit White House Project [http://www.thewhitehouseproject.org], which aims to have a woman lead the real West Wing. ``If you can see it on television, it makes an enormous difference,'' Wilson said yesterday.
Inside-the-beltway talk focuses on a few women who could run in 2008 - namely, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. A poll last month found 62 percent of Americans were ready for a female president.