You most likely have never heard the name Cheryl Rios. But you should. Rios is the CEO of a small marketing firm in Dallas, Texas called Go Ape Marketing.
From that alone you would assume that Rios is a champion for women. Someone who has worked hard to establish herself within her field and represent women in business. Someone who understands that women are equal to men and capable of empowering themselves, but more importantly, others.
But you would be wrong.
Recently, Rios has made headlines for her controversial comments in response to Hillary Clinton’s announcement on Sunday that she is running for president. Bracing for backlash, she wrote on Facebook:
“If this happens — I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country — but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin … but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”
Say what, now?
First of all, you cannot say you support and understand equal rights, and then in the next breath say that you do not support a woman being president. Equal rights, by definition, means that all citizens (regardless of sexuality, gender, religion, or ethnicity) should have the same rights and opportunities afforded to them. And while we have a long way to go in making this a reality in our country (and no, I’m not going to take this opportunity to go down that road right now), women in this country do have the right to run for president — and one now has — and that is something to be celebrated.
Whether Hillary Clinton is the right person to lead our country is a matter of personal opinion. But not because of her gender. We should be looking at what she has done for us as a First Lady and Senator. We should be talking about her stance on important issues that impact our lives. We should be asking ourselves, “Is this an individual who represents what is most important to me as a citizen of this country?” What we should not be doing, is questioning her abilities on the basis of her gender.
I don’t know what kind of “hormones” Rios has, but mine certainly have never been so outrageously out of my control as to impair my judgment and negatively impact the way I work — and I can’t be alone in that. Yes, women are fundamentally “built differently” with “different hormones” than men, but I know very few women who would consider that a disadvantage in life.
We have the power to run companies, cure diseases, and inspire real change around the world.
We have the power to create life with our bodies.
And we should have the power to make decisions for our country, as is our right as American citizens.
As women, it is our obligation to empower and support each other as a whole — not use barbaric, misogynistic theories to fence us in and prevent true progress that women for centuries before us have worked so hard for.More On