EDITORIAL: Good call, Argentina

In what may be eerily similar to a certain North American country’s election next year, Argentina has for the first time elected a woman president: Crisstina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Fernandez de Kirchner – who is not Argentina’s first woman president, as Isabel Peron served in 1974 following her husband Juan’s death – is the wife of Argentina’s current president, Nestor Kirchner, who has already served two four-year terms, the maximum allowed by Argentine law.

The similarities to Hillary Clinton continue beyond being the first elected woman president and having a husband who has previously held the position – Fernandez de Kirchner is also a lawyer by trade and has served time as a senator.

It’s great to see a woman in power, and it’s interesting to see that she did it by such a large margin. Fernandez de Kirchner needed 45 percent of the vote or 40 percent of the vote and to beat her closest competitor by at least 10 percentage points. Fernandez de Kirchner won 44.9 percent of the vote in a 14-candidate field, and her closest competitor – also a woman – only received 23 percent of the votes.

Things won’t come easily for Fernandez de Kirchner – Argentina is battling inflation, unemployment and potential energy shortages – but her sex won’t make her less capable of tackling these challenges. Hillary may not see the same success in the U.S., but it shouldn’t be her sex that keeps her from that role.