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29 de Octubre, 2007

¡Viva Presidenta Cristina!

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ARGENTINA HAS ELECTED its first woman President.

BUENOS AIRES — First Lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner appeared to win a sweeping victory Sunday to become Argentina's first elected female president, according to exit polls and early official results. [...]

Fernandez vowed to reach out to all her compatriots 'without rancor, without hatred' and lavished praise on her husband of more than three decades, Kirchner, whom she called "the compañero of all my life.' [...]

Fernandez, a mother of two, said she felt a 'double responsibility,' as a president-elect and as a woman.

'I want to reach out to all women -- to those who have stayed at home, to the factory workers, to the university students, to the professionals and the businesswomen,' she said. 'I know that we can accomplish great work with the special skills that we have.' [...]

Argentina is South America's second-largest country, after Brazil, and third most populous, after Brazil and Colombia.

Fernandez becomes the second woman elected to head a South American government in the last two years, following the election of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in 2006.

Argentine first lady claims presidency

I've been following this recently, and find it very exciting. Personally, I think it is time, overall, for us to give those who mother us and essentially keep our families together (when they hold) a chance at keeping the world together. I was talking to la novia and was saying something about how it won't be too much longer before the world actually is ruled by women. Of course there are many systems in place that keep things moving as expected in many ways, so I don't think this means there will be vast and sweeping changes all at once. Such as here in the USA, where the woman who is touted as preordained, nearly, may as well be any other modern-day man running for office. Same bravado, same war hunger, same positions. We expect it and I think at this stage of the game, many demand it. While I understand this dynamic, I will never support Hillary Clinton. Because I do want a woman to run the country one day. But I want at least what I would want out of a man: sure, strength. But sensitivity, intelligence, compassion, wisdom, and an agenda of Peace—these things interest me deeply. Not that we've had that. But I'm sick of settling. Even while I believe that Hillary could personally kick John Edwards' ass, I'd vote for him first. And I'd vote for Richardson before that, as he is the only unwavering anti-war candidate I've seen yet. Although if you mixed Edwards' concern for the poor with Richardson's anti war stance with Dodd and his pro-Constitution platform, you'd have my vote for sure! You'd have a Frankenstein of a candidate, but I'd vote for it. I mean...what is Hillary even running on? "I'm a Clinton!" That's about it. A vote for Hillary is a vote for Dynasty. Eh. I didn't mean to get all Elections '08 on ya.

Felicidades to President Cristina of Argentina!

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Comentarios (17)


kyledeb dijo:

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This is great news.

I do have to say, though, I find it problematic how so many female presidents, especially in the Americas, have to work their way to the top after their husbands. It's such an ancient patriarchal system, almost feudal, where a women only has legitimacy after a man's time is up. This is good for the American left, but I just had to point out that harmful trend.


NLinStPaul dijo:

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The wind from the South just keeps getting more and more interesting....

Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina - check
Bachalet in Chile - check
Morales in Bolivia - check
Correa in Ecuador - check
Chavez in Venezuela - check

Don't know if everyone heard the recent story about Rafael Correa, but I LOVE the snarkaliciousness of it!!


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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its a good point kyle. it crossed my mind too, when including that line about her husband. and the article, how it talks about "they switch roles now" or "switch positions." it's as if 'okay, you can be president, as long as we test you out through your man first. he seems cool. now...GRAB THE WHEEL!'

however, at least it is happening. i imagine that that particular dynamic will happen less and less and the civilized world (oh so civilized) gets used to women being in power without a pre-tested partner.


kyledeb dijo:

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Ideally this dynamic will happen less and less, but not until the systems that perpetuate it are rearranged. Right now a lot of the most powerful women are strengthening a system of almost feudal patriarchy instead of taking away from it. so it comes to a point where it's less about getting people used to women in power and more about strengthening a system of patriarchy. Just my two cents.


M dijo:

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I found an interesting article on Reuters about her political influences throughout her life.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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who better to "rearrange" them, tho, then women in positions of power? i mean, dont get me wrong, kyle. i agree. but its similar to having more just laws and more humane views on The Brown™. this will happen more and more the more pro-"brown" voices get in power and make their own media. The system itself is still screwed, but aren't these the increments that go toward changing it? And if not, what is the point of engaging the system at all? if not, then what is left but absolute revolt? But these are the questions, aren't they.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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thanks for that link, M. the more i read, the more i dig this fierce mujer.


azgoddess dijo:

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YEA YEA YEA - thanks for the update!


XP dijo:

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Here is another interesting article about her where she is quoted her saying she felt a responsibility not only to lead her country, but "an immense responsibility for my gender."

"I want to reach out to all women - to those who have stayed at home, to the factory workers, to the university students, to the professionals and the business women," she said. "I know that we can accomplish great work with the special skills that we have."


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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crazy foo!!! i quoted that in my post! :)


XP dijo:

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Oh yeah...jeje...it is such a great quote I wanted to make sure it was mentioned again. From what I read while doing my own write up, I think she will make a great president.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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i'll definitely slow down for that post.


Richard dijo:

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How do I translate "you go girrrrrrls!" into Spanish?

Sra. Kirchner is not the first woman to be Presidenta of Argentina. She is, however, the first ELECTED woman presidenta. Isabel Martinez Peron was vice-president and assumed the Presidency upon the death of husband (and President) Juan Domingo Peron in July 1974. She was overthrow by the fascist coup in March 1976.

Lidia Gueiler Tejada was presidenta of Bolivia in the late 1970s, also constitutionally, but not directly elected (she'd been speaker of the lower house, when the President and VP both resigned under pressure). Nicaragua and Panama have also had woman presidents.

Canada and Dominica have had women prime ministers, so it's the U.S. that's behind the curve here (ok, Mexico and Brazil, too).


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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i dont know how to reword the first sentence to be more accurate without turning it into mishmash. (it sort of still works, doesnt it?) so i'll let your comment stand as correction and hope that's enough. thanks for the clarification.


Richard dijo:

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I was just getting in touch with my inner pedant :-)

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner deserves the credit for her election (Isobel Martinez de Peron was something of a joke, and only looks decent in comparison to the thug who threw her... and democracy... out). She's got her own political record to run on and -- what's going to be interesting to watch -- was one of the geniuses behind Argentina's economic and social recovery. The country's 8 point something growth rate comes from subverting all the accepted ideas about globalization and from rejecting the IMF/World Bank thinking.

Isobel, like her predecesor, Eva Peron, both came to power by being tied to a strong male figure. A lot of non-Latin female leaders did too -- Corazon Aquino, Indira Ghandi, Benizar Bhutto, etc. What's interesting is that so many of the female leaders who made it on their own -- Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Esther Elba Gordilla are associated with reactionary, or conservative, politics.

I'm not sure gender, in itself, makes for a more progressive candidate, but in Argentina, the candidate to the LEFT of Fernandez was another woman.


Kai dijo:

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Just a sidenote: if you ask me, in terms of sheer substance Kucinich is a lot better than Richardson on the war, better than Edwards on poverty, and better than Dodd on populist interpretation of the Constitution!


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

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AND he talked impeachment yesterday! Kucinich is the man. and actually, before i read this, the post was echoing through my head and i wondered if i had forgotten to include him. personally, i think he'd have the nomination locked up if he wasn't so short and didn't have a name that rhymes with "Spinach." hey, that's how we are upinhyeah. i don't approve. but girl you know its true, oo ooo ooo.