If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency on November 8, she will join two other powerful women already on the international political stage. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the German head of state since 2005 and is arguably the most influential member of the E.U. Theresa May became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in July, following the resignation of David Cameron. May will be tasked with the difficult challenge of charting Great Britain’s exit from the E.U. over the next several years.
A powerful female triumvirate
Hillary Clinton would become the senior member of this powerful female triumvirate that would have an immediate effect on the influence and power of women on an international scale. Along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping, the leaders of the United States, Germany, and Great Britain will set the stage for a remarkable change in the balance of power from the traditional ‘boys club’ to one where the views and interests of women will hold significant influence.
There have been other powerful national women leaders such as Lady Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain, Indira Gandhi of India, Golda Meir of Israel, and Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. But never in modern history have there been women in power in three of the world’s most influential countries at the same time.
Will bring the unique perspective women have
While all three female leaders will first and foremost be focused on the national interests of their respective countries, they will see the world through the unique perspective that women have. The world would likely see a greater emphasis on the rights of women, and forums like the G7 and G20 will provide powerful platforms from which to ensure the rights of women around the globe.
Clinton and Merkel have a relationship
Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel already have a history from Clinton’s time as Secretary of State and should easily rekindle that relationship. Theresa May is new to the international stage and has the challenge ahead of her of navigating Great Britain’s exit from the E.U. Ms. May will need to rely on the history of trade and goodwill between the United States and England to negotiate Brexit on terms that mitigate any damage to world trade.
Of course, Mrs. Clinton first needs to win the U.S. presidential election, which is two months away, to join with Merkel and May in making international history.