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Why not blame invisible ceiling

By Nam Sang-so

“Thank you so very much for being here. Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. This is not the outcome we wanted and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we shared and the vision we hold for our country. I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too…It was supposed to go like this: At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, standing under high ceiling, Hillary Clinton was going to announce her victory as the first woman president of the United States. That didn’t happen. Below are her concession speech extracted from Vox news;

“Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will. And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

Those who voted Hillary Clinton might have felt much better that she blamed the invisible glass ceiling for her failure rather than herself. I personally too hoped that she would become the first woman president of the U.S.

It was supposed to go like this: In February 2018, standing under colorfully decorated balloons, the former President Park Geun-hye, dressed in a traditional Korean dress, was going to announce her successful retirement from office. That won’t happen now that she was formally removed by the Constitutional Court’s ruling on March 10 to uphold the National Assembly’s impeachment vote.

The majority of people, including myself, who had supported Park Geun-hye would feel much better if she would blame her failure to invisible ceiling rather than to realize that she had failed because she was an obstinate person who did not communicate with the people.

The writer is a retired architect. His email address is sangsonam@gmail.com.


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