Clinton versus Trump is a battle of two Americas - and of two sexes
Canadian feminist politician Charlotte Whitton's well-worn quote is apt when it comes to Hillary Clinton's qualifications to be US president: "Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good...Luckily, this is not difficult".
Forgive me for being 'braggadocious' but I have seen plenty of examples of this in politics. Although there has been a dearth of women elected in Ireland since the foundation of the State, women who did succeed in politics tended to be high achievers. Few were mediocre performers.
Despite massive shifts in female representation in all the professions in Ireland over three decades, politics remains a more difficult arena for women. When first elected to the Dáil in 1992, I was one of 20 women elected in a House of 166, and that was the highest number ever. When I left politics 15 years later, in 2007, the female head count was just 22 (13pc), the same as in 2002. Progress had been at a glacial pace, despite the stated best intentions of the political parties.