Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I'm going to need a minute

Last Thursday night, I sat on my couch and watched a daughter introduce her mother as a major party presidential nominee for President of the United States.

Until I saw it, I don't think I believed it would ever happen.  In fact, it would take me a few days to really understand how important it is to me because I was so overwhelmed that it actually happened.

It's very, very important. Regardless of your politics, it's huge.

If you're a white man who has always seen someone who looks like you in power, you probably think it isn't a big deal. If you know how hard the road has been and how many woman have walked it, you know it's monumental. From an article on USA Today:

  • This female nomination came 168 years and nine days after the first women's rights conference in Seneca Falls, NY
  • This female nomination came 150 years after Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the first organization dedicated to suffrage for women of all races
  • This female nomination came 144 years after Susan B. Anthony was convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election
  • This female nomination came 96 years after the approval of the 19th Amendment barring gender discrimination in voting
  • This female nomination came with thoughts for suffragettes Alice Paul, who in an effort to win the right for women to vote was on a hunger strike while confined to a jail psychiatric ward and force fed raw eggs through a tube; Lucy Burns, also on a hunger strike to win the right to vote, held down by five people and fed through her nostrils; Dora Lewis, knocked out by guards who threw her against a metal railing over her insistence that women be allowed the right to vote
This nomination is a big fuck you to everyone who has ever said 
girls don't do that / don't be so bossy / Smile! / that's not a career for women / you do that like a girl / calm down / he picks on you because he likes you / just deal with it, you're lucky to have a job / women can't handle that / you do that well for a woman / you're too emotional / you're not emotional enough, what's wrong with you? / she was asking for it  / you should be at home / slut / she must wear the pants in that relationship / insert yours here

This nomination is
encouragement / empowerment / strength / hope / possibility / reassurance / insert yours here

Things will never be the same for little girls in this country again, in a fantastic way.

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33 comments:

  1. And to everyone who says if their daughter was sexually harassed at work they'd just find a new job. It is such a huge moment in history. It's pretty crazy that the first female nominee is running against probably the worst thing that could happen to women in who knows how long (especially when you add Pence to the equation...shudder).

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  2. I am with you - regardless of what your views are it was an incredible night in women's history! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Such an amazing moment...and I sincerely hope she wins!!!

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  4. Spiritual chills. Mother Goddess is coming on strong. So happy for all of my girls.
    Love. Your. Momma.

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  5. It's true. I wanted to be president all through high school. My great grandparents didn't think it would ever happen (nor did they approve - they HATED politicians).... but here we are.

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    1. How fun that you wanted to be president - I wanted to be Secretary of State!

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  6. It sucks that the type of person who does say all those asinine things is running again the female nominee. I sincerely hope he chokes on his own dick.

    I'm so glad that my kids and nieces/nephews and friends' children will grow up in a world where things are different. I know that gender discrimination isn't going away tomorrow, but any future generation under my care isn't going to put up with that archaic bullshit.

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  7. Preach it! Not necessarily a supporter of the candidate's views, but proud to be alive when this happened! I don't think she ever gave up on this dream. Totally respect that!

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  8. I don't personally care for her, but I was still moved that it happened! Damn well near about time!

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  9. so much yes to all of this. this is so amazing, and regardless of your political views or who you will vote for (though come on people please don't vote for trump), this is freaking amazing.

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  10. Yes. To all of this. And to that fucktard I watched on CNN who said it was sexist of Hillary to talk about how huge this was for women -- and every other small-minded moron who doesn't appreciate how monumental this is -- kick rocks. This is a truly amazing moment... let's just hope that it'll be even MORE amazing come November.

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  11. Yes, Yes, Yes!! Regardless of politics, it's such a huge moment and that last sentence gave me goosebumps. Knowing that young girls will grow up in a country that continues to grow closer to reaching full equality is huge.

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  12. Agreed! I don't agree completely with Hilary (or any other politician, really), but it is impossible to deny what she represents for our society.

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  13. I can't stand her, but I have some serious admiration for her and all women all over our country right now. It is a huge deal no matter what your political stance is!

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  14. I have this on my DVR & cant delete it just for these reasons.

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  15. I dont usually follow politics but I really hope Hillary wins; it would be a huge leap forward for all women.

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  16. I loved that Hillary had Chelsea introduce her and respected that Trump had Ivanka introduce him. That choice by both candidates spoke volumes about the women their daughters are and the belief they have in the younger generations.

    It made me cry, truly, tears of amazement and joy that a woman is running for President. Girls can now not only dream of being president one day, but believe that that dream is actually possible now. I agree with what an interesting dynamic it is to have the rhetoric about women vary so vastly between the two candidates. I'm just amazed by the period of political history we're living in with this election.

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  17. Here here! Regardless of how you feel about Hilary herself, this is such a huge fete for women. I can hear Neil Armstrong now... "That's one small step for women... one *pause* giant leap for womenkind" Beep! :)

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  18. I found myself overcome with emotion many times last week watching the democratic convention. I've always been a Hillary fan; I read her book while I was still in high school. It was the first time I really understood the concept of universal healthcare and how vital it is to society. I'm both excited and petrified about what will transpire over the next few months.

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  19. Well said, as always! Regardless of which candidate people vote for, I don't think it can be denied that just having her as a major party nominee is a huge step for women in this country. I'm just sad that it took us this long to reach this point, and can only hope for an even bigger step in November.

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  20. This definitely made me tear up - in a good way

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  21. YES! It is a monumental moment and I'm so proud. It's a long time coming and I hope it inspires so many girls and woman to reach for the stars. To know that they can truly do anything.

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  22. A friend I've known since 5th grade shared a picture of her when she was about 7 or 8. Her caption read: "In this picture taken around 1980 I am wearing my favorite T-shirt, pink with glitter. It said, "No way first lady, I wanna be PRESIDENT!" Nowadays, 7 and 8 year old girls can see for themselves that is truly a possibility!

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  23. Just standing and clapping over here. Finally.

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  24. Amazing blog post. So far to go but so thankful for how far we have come.

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  25. Amen! I have LONG awaited for this particular glass ceiling to be shattered. I figured I would see it in my lifetime, but not for another decade or so. I'm glad it has happened before my predicted timeframe and that I'm alive to see it.

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