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NewsHour Essayist Discusses Chances of Female President

NewsHour Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming talks about whether Americans are ready for a female president.

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  • ANNE TAYLOR FLEMING, NewsHour Essayist:

    Is something wrong here? Where have all the women gone? On op-ed page after op-ed page of the country's major newspapers, they have largely disappeared from view. As someone who used to write regularly for these pages, it is disturbing.

    SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D), New York: This is not a time for partisanship.

  • ANNE TAYLOR FLEMING:

    It comes at a time when the country is also having a debate about whether or not it`s ready for a female president. It's late for all this, isn't it? After all, other countries have had female leaders long since.

    And there is an attention-getting new trio of them in Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, and Angela Merkel of Germany. Shouldn't we be chagrinned, we Americans, who think of ourselves as the beacons of enlightenment?Yes, the country still has lingering daddy issues.

  • CBS ANNOUNCER:

    This is the "CBS Evening News" with Katie Couric.

    KATIE COURIC, "CBS Evening News" Host: Hi, everyone.

  • ANNE TAYLOR FLEMING:

    It came up again when Katie Couric was appointed to an anchor chair, the first such solo woman. "Did she have the gravitas to deliver us our daily dose of sobering news?" men and women all asked. Wasn't that a job for a man, a father figure, a Brokaw or Cronkite?

    There's also the paltry number of elected female leaders in this country: eight women governors out of 50; 14 women senators out of 100. Is it possible that we women selected ourselves out of the fray, out of the dialogue, didn't fight hard enough for our turf? Sure, it is.

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