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Toledo’s first African American female Mayor

By Joslyn Reisinger, Columnist

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Throughout the years there has been much controversy about female political leaders. The biggest being Hillary Clinton running for president in 2008.

In a similar, but more local situation the mayor of Toledo, Michael D Collins just recently passed away and his successor is Paula Hicks-Hudson, an African American female that is more than well qualified to do this job. Graduating from Iowa College of Law she was appointed to Toledo city council in 2011. With four years of experience on council behind her Hicks-Hudson is prepared to take on the challenge of holding Toledo together.

Knowing that she has the experience behind her now, we must decide if other factors like race and gender will affect her ability to be a political leader. Hicks-Hudson is the second female mayor of Toledo, but she is the first African American woman.  Many people believe that women are more emotional creatures than men. This is one of the biggest reasons why more political leaders have been men rather than women throughout history.

I actually agree with the statement that women are more emotional. We have been created this way and I think it is silly to try and deny this fact. Now, does the fact that this statement is true mean that a woman cannot rule as a political leader? No, just because she may have more emotional tendencies does not mean she is going to be unrealistic or irrational all the time. I believe that each person has their own outlook on life and if that outlook that Paula holds has gotten her this far then she is perfectly qualified to take on the role of mayor. She is a professional woman who has done her time in college and has experienced what she’s needed to so that she is able to hold her own in the office as mayor. She has worked just as hard as any man to achieve her goal to be the mayor and she is completely qualified to do this job, emotions and all.

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