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There is no doubt that this election season has been eventful, eye-opening and frustrating for everyone, regardless of your political views. So everyone can sigh a breath of relief as we come upon the end of the primaries. The Republican National Convention took place last week and now the Democrats have taken the stage as well. The Conventions are where delegates choose the party’s nominees for President, and both have proven to be spectacles. I am going to disregard the candidates for president, in hopes to relieve you of my unwavering political beliefs, and talk about a couple women who stole the show at the conventions.
The Republican National Convention took place in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18-21st. Many speakers spoke on behalf, and some against, the Republican Nominee Donald Trump. However, one woman stood out to everyone, and that was Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka. She began the speech by stating that she does not categorize herself as either party, but instead votes based on what she believes in. This line was important, because many people have criticized Donald Trump for his past support of Democrats, and his appeal goes beyond conservatives to some independent and undecided voters. Next, she addresses the concern of many voters that a Trump presidency would further cause a divide in our nation. She she talks about unity, and that we will all stand together because we will “win again.” She shares personal antidotes regarding his ethics, values, and passion. Policy wise, she briefly discusses income inequality, childcare affordability, economy, jobs, and student debt. This speech was different compared to other rhetoric that was used throughout the GOP presidential primary, and she discussed issues in an even toned and personal way.
The way she spoke about her father, as being “color blind and gender neutral,” unfortunately, contradicts previous rhetoric put out by the campaign, and Donald Trump’s history of discriminating against women of all backgrounds. For example, Trump’s presidential campaign paid male staffers about 34% more than women (2), and that number is a reflection of his company’s practices. Therefore, this speech may have been an attempt to sway women voters, since Donald Trump only has 34% of support from women, which is a record low (3). However, Ivanka is not her father, and in itself, this speech was a successful attempt to reach out to a more moderate audience.
On the other end of the spectrum, was the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Here, everyone was blown away as Michelle Obama delivered a powerful and inspirational speech, that may have been the most important speech this election season. Positive articles, graphics, and quotes took over the media following her address, and people from both parties congratulated her for the speech. She addressed many issues relevant to the United States, and never once attacked other candidates running for president by name. She strongly endorsed Hillary Clinton, while communicating a positive and patriotic message. Some of my favorite quotes from her speech include the motto, “when they go low, we go high,” which was an indirect attack on Donald Trump, and a statement on strength of character. Another one is, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves -- and I watch my daughters –- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women –- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” This quote is a statement on the change that has happened in America, and the direction that we are going, which contradicts the doomsday rhetoric from the Republican Party. These are only a few examples of the message that she delivered.
Both women gave excellent speeches, that were praised by voters. Regardless of which party you support, there are exceptional women who are fighting for what they believe in. Although both women gave speeches encompassed by liberal ideology, they were spoken in support of two very different candidates for president. The election season is now just beginning, and we will be seeing a lot more women coming forth for their political parties, and Ivanka Trump and Michelle Obama are two women to keep an eye on.
Drabold, Will. "Read Ivanka Trump's Speech at the Republican Convention." Time. Time, 21 July 2016. Web. 26 July 2016.
Rowe-Finkbeiner, Kristin. "Ivanka Trump, a Champion for Women?" CNN. Cable News Network, 25 July 2016. Web. 26 July 2016.
Cassese, Erin, and Tiffany Barnes. "Can Ivanka Trump Lure Female Voters to Her Father? Probably Not." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 25 July 2016. Web. 27 July 2016.
Brenner, Joanna. "Read Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention Speech." Newsweek. N.p., 26 July 2016. Web. 28 July 2016.