I was an extremely shy child. It wasn’t really until my freshman year of high school that I started speaking up for myself. I attended an all girls high school which in itself is an anomaly. I will be the first to tell you that going to an all girls high school hugely influenced who I am today. Being surrounded by young women for four of the most transformative years of my life changed not only how I viewed myself, but how I viewed women around me. In those four years I went from an extremely shy young girl, to a semi-loud young woman. I went from flight being my constant reaction form to fight being my constant reaction form.
I realize that my viewpoint as a teen was not the norm. While in high school, wherever I looked I saw brilliant young women at the top of every list. I saw young women excelling in English, science, art, math and writing. I saw young women becoming top athletes while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I saw young women running the student council and occupying every single position. Then I started college and my viewpoint was once again altered. My little bubble was opened up to encompass not only my school campus, but internships, jobs, clubs and everything in between. In a surprise to no one, female leadership no longer dominated my vision. I often wonder if I hadn’t been put into that female dominated high school environment if flight would have still been my constant response because of my shy nature. But instead, there I was at 18 years old ready to fight for what I knew was as equally mine as anyone else’s.
Late last week history was made. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to accept the presidential nomination from a major political party. I don’t care whether you agree with her policies or not, this is a BIG DEAL. A woman, who is extremely successful in her own right, has been nominated to run for the highest level of power this country has to offer. If she succeeds she will be one of the most powerful people on the planet. A WOMAN would be our Commander in Chief. I don’t know about you, but it’s about damn time.
I was extremely emotional while watching the final night of the DNC. When Hillary took the stage, all I could think of is that there will now be babies born who will never not know what it feels like to see a woman in this position. I’m With Her for many reasons but at the end of the day it’s because she is single-handedly the most qualified candidate for the job. Her resume speaks for itself and her worth ethic is unmatchable. In this election and in this decision, I believe she is the right person for the job.
Millennial’s grew up being told that we could achieve anything. If we worked hard enough, if we dreamed big enough, if we put in the time, we could do anything. But for young girls, it’s hard to believe that “anything” actually means “anything” when you can’t see it in action. Last week, we took another step toward making “anything” a reality.
I’m so excited to be showcasing a few pieces on the election in the months leading up to November – both left and right leaning. As stated in our mission statement, we here at TGS love and encourage discussion. I want all of us to get involved, talk out our opinions and continue to further educate ourselves because whoever holds the presidency will be influencing the next four (and possibly eight) years of our lives. For many of you reading this, that means your 20s and 30s. THAT IS A LONG TIME so please do not take this decision lightly. The most important thing is that we use our voices (especially the ladies) because it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t even have that right. If you haven’t signed up to vote yet, you can do so here and find more info here.
Continue to be vocal, continue to learn about the issues, and continue to reach for that “anything” in your life. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.