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June 9, 2016 No Comments

Let’s all just lay aside our political views for a moment.

There’s a woman nominee for president!

That’s pretty freaking cool.

Regardless of what you think of her–and there are a LOT of thinks about her–you’ve got to admit that it’s awesome. Neither major candidate will receive my vote, but I definitely have some girl-power vibes happening in regards to this.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Thanks ladies
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Thanks ladies, from all of us.

It has been almost 100 years since women were given the constitutional right to vote throughout all of the United States. There have been women involved in politics since before that day, and several women have run for President under smaller parties since then, but this is a big deal. Personally, I’d rather see someone with my own political beliefs achieving this, but it’s good for women everywhere to see a woman win a major party presidential bid.

How has this not happened in the US yet? Oh yeah, our society is still busy arguing about whether or not a woman should breastfeed in public. Kinda hard to pay attention to politics when you have to defend feeding babies. And yes, that was the new article posted right next to the one about the candidacy.

I feel ya, Captain

My husband and I taught the 10-year-olds in Sunday School a couple of years ago. At that time, our state’s female governor was retiring and there weren’t any women nominees. The previous governor was also a woman. I can’t remember why it was mentioned, but the 10-year-old girls were quite affronted at the news. There were a lot of angry gasps and “What? Why not?” for a minute. The boys were saying “Huh, that’s weird,” but the girls took it harder. One of them said, “Girls should be governors, the boys can be president.” Her friend gave her a scrunch face and said, “No way, I’m going to be President!” That was met with some cheering from everyone. I told her mom about it in the hall and she smiled and said that her husband worked in the government, so her daughter picked up quite a bit. That girl is heading into junior high in the Fall, where she’ll be able to decide what to study more and more. Even if I don’t agree with Hillary, I would be happy that my Sunday School kids, who were so upset about not having a female governor anymore, would be able to see a female Presidential candidate. {Especially one that will destroy an incredibly sexist guy in the debates.} Honestly, most kids will be oblivious to politics, but they could see a woman in a position of power that isn’t seen here. And I hope it inspires them.

My hope during this entire train wreck of an election has been that it will inspire good, honest people with common sense to step up and be ready for 2020 and beyond. Regardless of who wins, for those women and girls who think that they couldn’t, hopefully this will serve as proof that they can.


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