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This election cycle, six women threw their hat in the ring for president, but is their gender holding them back? Would Americans feel comfortable with a woman leading the free world? Based on the last election, the answer is a swift no. And a new study backs this up. The study found that only 49% of American men would feel very comfortable with a woman serving as the head of the government. By comparison, 59% of women said they would feel comfortable with a woman in charge.

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, which measures attitude towards women leaders, evaluated the attitudes of those living in the G7 countries as well as Brazil, China, India, and Russia. 22,000 adults in those 11 countries were surveyed on their attitudes about female leadership in 22 different sectors, including government, fashion, technology, media, banking and finance, education, and childcare.

Only two countries, Canada and the U.K., had a majority of respondents say they would be more comfortable with a female head of state. Germany (which currently has a female Chancellor), Japan, and Russia were the countries least comfortable with a female head of state.

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There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

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2016 Presidential Hopefuls Get A Black Metal Makeover

A satanic rebranding of America’s next potential president.

Lincoln Chafee has never looked cooler.


Sure, Shephard Fairey’s 2008 Obama “Hope” logo was iconic—but was it metal? Recently Fast Co.Design decided that the 2016 race, already somewhat of a snoozer, lacked any real aesthetic oomph. In a stroke of brilliance, they commissioned venerated graphics designer Christophe Szpajdel to rebrand 11 presidential candidate’s logos, ranging from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders, with black metal makeovers. According to Fast Co, “Szpadjel has spent the past 40 years distilling the complex socio-political platforms of over 7,000 black metal bands like Fistula, Arcturus, Old Man's Child, and Moonspell down to single, indelible wordmarks—albeit ones that usually contain a bloody Pentagram or an upside down cross somewhere in the design.” The results are hilarious (can you imagine Marco Rubio getting down to some Emperor?) and a fun spin on a race that already feels like it’s been going on for ages.

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