Ever since "Hamilton: An American Musical" opened at the Richard Rogers Theatre in the summer of 2015, it has been regarded as one of few musicals to blur the lines between today's culture and America's history, and between the different races in American society. Lin-Manuel Miranda seamlessly casted people of diverse races to historical figures that, originally, would go to white actors.
I have noticed time and time again (through the many times I've listened to the whole soundtrack), the women portrayed in Hamilton are always dependent on the men.
Angelica loves Alexander.
Eliza marries Alexander.
Maria Reynolds sleeps with Alexander.
Martha Washington is mentioned to prove that Alexander is a dog-- by naming her cat after him.
In fact, the whole "Winter's Ball" is about men wanting to... play cards... with women.
The women with Philip Hamilton fawned over him ("God, you're a FOX!").
And the women with Burr only enjoyed being with him ("I can't believe we're here with him!").
If Lin-Manuel Miranda can brilliantly blend our nation's history with the rich culture we have today, then he can surely blend the gender differences in our history. How so, you may ask? Cast a female as George Washington. Here are 5 main reasons why:
1. How badass it would be to see a female check Hamilton's saltiness by saying, "I am not a maiden in need of defending. I am grown!"
2. Show women had a much larger role in American history than how much the musical (currently) lets on.
3. Be one of the few forms of art to portray a female as the American President.
4. Show the irony that women can be the calm, cool, and ~non-hormonal~ ones amidst a group of rash decision-makers (specifically, Hamilton and Jefferson).
5. And finally, include women in the sequel!