In an effort to empower women while also improve her own chances for a political victory in Mexico’s upcoming election, presidential candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, shocked her audience by suggesting women use their own powers in the bedroom to get their husbands out to vote.
During her speech in Mazatlan, México, Vazquez Mota playfully discussed the power of women in the household while also touching on many of the double standards that exist as a result of the traditional roles women still play throughout the country. The topics discussed during this speech included traditional home roles, sex, as well as reproductive roles of the women. She reminded her audience, many of which were women that although numerous double standards still exist, women do not give up. She stated, “Women are the first to get up in the morning and the last to go to bed.”
Vazquez Mota continued to push women to feel empowered to vote by reminding them of a very important power they had at home. She stated, “Everybody get out to vote, but don’t do it alone, go with 15 or 30 others, go early before anyone else gets to the polls, invite your children, your friends and your partners: warn your partner (a man) that if he doesn’t go there won’t be any ‘cuchi-cuchi’ for a month. If he does get up, then give him double ‘cuchi-cuchi.’”
Although Vazquez Mota currently trails in the political race, the first woman presidential candidate in México’s history is not giving up and for certain will not be forgotten.