Monday, February 04, 2008


This letter to the editor was printed in the Feb. 3, 2008, edition of the Tri-Cities Herald. For those of you not familiar with eastern Washington geography, the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco) are the fastest growing area in the state, one hour northeast of Walla Walla.

Back to the letter:

Men presidents only

I think that having a woman president would be a bad idea for our country. Women are not meant to rule countries and be in charge. They are meant to make decisions but not confirm them.

Our president deals with some countries that don't respect or allow women in leadership positions. I wonder if the United States would have more terrorist attacks because we would be seen as weak with a woman leader. I agree that women can do many things, but leave the ruling of the countries to the men.

BRITTANY BAYLES, 13, Kennewick

Reading it just makes my stomach hurt.

P.S. I got the letter mentioned on the Feministing blog (click here)!


heathre said...

oh my god, that is horrible - and from a 13 yr old girl?? argh argh.

sunnywave said...

i can't tell what's more disturbing--that this letter is written by a female, or that it's written by a 13-year-old. !!!!!!!! sooooo sad!!!!!!!!

amandanator said...

Anyone hear of Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Michelle Bachelet (Pres. of Chili), Helen Clark (PM of New Zealand), Luisa Diogo (PM of Mozambique), Christina de Kirchner (president of Argentina). Good God, what century is this? Are we worried Ms. Clinton will pass bills on home decor or have to leave a meeting to grab a pad? Do we only except powerful women when their power is supported by domesticity (see Martha Stewart), or talk show popularity (see Oprah)? Let's hope this 13 year old realizes her true potential as a HUMAN, and her sex is not a qualification.