“Back to the Future” predicted we’d have a woman president in 2015

October 21, 2015. The day that Doc Brown, Marty McFly and Jennifer, Marty’s girlfriend and future wife, traveled into the future in the classic film Back to the Future II on a mission to avert a major catastrophe with Jennifer and Marty’s future son, has finally arrived — and with it have come numerous retrospectives on what the film got right about life in 2015, and what it got wrong. A commemorative edition of the October 21, 2015, USA Today paper, the cover of which prompted Doc to bring Marty and Jennifer to the future, was issued by the news giant on Wednesday, which is being celebrated as “Back to the Future Day.” The crisp digital version of the paper allows for a more thorough study of what the filmmakers, decades ago, imagined the headlines of today might look like. One headline in the left column indicates what the filmmakers thought about U.S. politics and gender. It reads, “PRESIDENT SAYS SHE’S TIRED of reporters asking the same question, NATION page 4” as Mashable editor Jonathan Ellis pointed out in a post on Twitter. Back to the Future II hit theaters in 1989, meaning that nearly three decades ago, Robert Zemeckis, the film’s director and his staff thought that by now, America would’ve have elected a woman president. Mashable reports that for the commemorative edition, USA Today had to get creative because on the prop newspaper used in the film, the blocks of text were repeated. Plus, there was a headline about “Queen Diana” paying a visit to Washington. That was edited out likely due to the tragic fate Princess Diana met in 1997. Alas, America still hasn’t elected a woman president — but maybe 2016 will be the year it happens.

Read the full story at Mashable and read the full cover of the paper here.

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