I’m watching Chelsea Clinton introduce her mother right now. The first female presidential candidate from a major national party. She is standing proudly on the shoulders of the women who came before her….Victoria Woodhull, Shirley Chisholm, Geraldine Ferraro…women who were putting tiny cracks in the glass ceiling so that this ceiling, while certainly not the last, can be shattered.
There are a lot of people who don’t like Hillary Clinton. That she’s a sell out to the big banks. That her primary campaign was corrupt, that the nomination was stolen from Bernie Sanders by a political party that had already picked their candidate. That she is a warmonger for her vote on the Iraq war and in her actions as Secretary of State.
When Hillary is not running for office, her approval ratings are high. The minute she becomes a candidate, she is dragged through the mud. That’s not just opinion…Politifact checked it out too. I wrote a paper about this in my first year of doctoral work. Women running for political office are held to different standards, are criticized for their choices as wives and mothers, for what they wear and what they say. This woman has been torn apart one side and down the other, and she still stands. She takes her mistakes into account, she holds herself accountable, and she wants to make our country BETTER. She cares for women, she cares for children, she cares for family. I want my nieces to know that they can grow up and BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
You don’t have to like Hillary. But you cannot deny that this is a significant moment in history. White women got the right to vote less than 100 years ago, women of color even less than that….it is our time. It is our time to be represented, it is our time for women’s issues to be paid attention to. It is our time….won’t you join me?