Head of State, Head of Government, Commander-in-Chief. All three of these titles are associated with one position, President of the United States of America. Since the founding of this country, only a man has served in that glorified capacity. But now, with a little less than a month until we elect the person who will replace the first African American president, we have the opportunity to elect the first woman President of the United States. At the end of July, I was in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention when Hillary Clinton was officially declared as the first female to be chosen by a major party to be their nominee for President of the United States. It was electrifying. But, I would be remiss if I did not mention the women that put cracks in the glass ceiling that Secretary Clinton was finally able to break. Women like Margaret Chase Smith, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, and Carol Moseley Braun to name a few.
Hillary Clinton is not only the first woman to be nominated by a major party for the office of President; she is arguably the most qualified person ever to run. Well, that’s what President Obama said and who am I to argue with him? Aside from being a lawyer, just like 90 percent of other politicians, she is the former First Lady of Arkansas and the United States. Hillary did not stop there. She stepped out of her husband’s shadow and ran for the US Senate in 2000 and won! After that we all remember that she ran for President in 2008. After losing to President Obama, he thought enough of her to make her Secretary of State. How is that for a resume?
Throughout her entire career she has fought for women and children. She has put our issues at the forefront of her agenda. Hillary has always known that women’s issues are family issues. When you have strong women you have strong families. The issues that I am referring to are health care, poverty and homelessness, and education. Even an issue like equal pay is a family issue. If America is the best country in the world then we should be able to have healthcare for every citizen. There should not be families that literally cannot afford to get sick. More than 45 million people or 14.5 percent of all Americans are living in poverty. That is a staggering number that most people would agree needs to change. Too many children do not have access to quality education and if they get the opportunity to get to college and then graduate, they are buried in debt. Nowadays women are the heads of a lot of households and deserve to be compensated equally for the work that they do. In 2016 it is appalling that this discussion still needs to be had. Our issues cannot be ignored because they are everyone’s issues The more we get our male counter parts to see that they are not separate, the easier it will be to make sure our needs are met. As women, we should be looking at candidates that see our issues as their issues.
Some people say Hillary Clinton has too much of a resume. She is too well known. She is a “career politician”. I can’t help but to wonder if these same people would say the same about a man with the same qualifications. Can you really be overly qualified for the top position in the world? Some say she is too scripted, too rehearsed, too well thought out. I say, what is wrong with a woman with a plan?
As women we tend to be more thoughtful, more organized. Is that not something we would want in a president? When I look at Hillary Clinton, I see a little bit of me. I see a smart, determined woman who came to slay and not play. I see someone that I would want my daughter, niece, or granddaughter to see and be inspired to be the best that they can be. That’s not a Democrat or Republican thing. It’s a girl power thing.
You may not be her biggest fan, but there is no denying that Hillary Clinton is a trail blazing woman who is on fire! Another thing that cannot be denied is that as women we must exercise our right to vote on November 8th and on every single Election Day. We have a voice that must be heard. So check out iwillvote.com and make sure you are registered in your state. Watch the debates. Research every single candidate that is running up and down the ballot. Most importantly, VOTE like your future depends on it.