It’s been a good week. I’m in Houston getting acquainted with my new nephew and catching up with family. I’m not around babies much (#ChildFreeByChoice & loving it) so I didn’t know what to expect, but so far he’s cuter, sleepier, and less work than I thought he’d be. 👍 I’m looking forward to being a cool Aunt!
I’ve been thinking a lot about what life might be like for someone born two weeks ago in 2016 America. The economy, environment, and equal rights for all citizens seem to be more vulnerable than they’ve been in decades. I can’t imagine being a parent now, wondering if your child will always have the security and opportunity they need to live their best life.
“Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time, at the choices we are about to make, the goals we will strive for, the principles we will live by. And we need to make sure that they can be proud of us.”
But on Tuesday night my heart lightened a little for the future. As my partner and my brother played a video game, I followed the news of Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination obsessively on social media, each post about the first woman to be a major U.S. party presidential candidate filling me with more emotion. I did not expect to feel so strongly. I’ve never been a huge supporter of HRC and this primary election has been exhausting. But I’ve also never seen a woman in that position, speaking to women about women, realizing the reality of what this means for everyone. It’s a powerful feeling.
Sitting so close to two men oblivious of the news that night seemed fitting. This affects them for sure, but those deep, generational feels aren’t for them. They are for Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Suffragettes, Shirley Chisholm, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Geraldine Ferraro, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright, Elizabeth Warren, me, my friends, my women co-workers who wonder why our male supervisor never seems to listen to us and gets our names wrong, all the women who don’t have a public platform but need support, and it’s for Hillary Clinton & every woman ever called “bossy” or “bitch” for standing up, working hard, and getting things done.