This morning I did something I never did before. I financially contributed to a presidential campaign. I have voted in every federal election since I turned eighteen (and many local ones as well), but that’s all I’ve done. And, in case there was any doubt where I stand, I’m with her.
First of all, when it came to voting in the MA primary, Mr. Mad Cow and I found both Democratic candidates appealing. But now that the primary is over, I not only stand with Hillary Clinton, I feel inspired to do something more than just going to the polls on election day. And it’s not just the stakes of the race, and, if you look at the opposing ticket, we have some serious stakes at hand.
It is electrifying to see a woman nominated for president by one of the major parties in the US. Before the MA primary, when Mr. MC and I tried to watch one of the Democratic debates, the Vachette joined us. The debate itself was mostly very boring to her, and clearly, the subject matter went over her head. But she did have something to say about the candidates. She said, “I like the girl. I want the girl to win.”
Now that’s proof a picture is worth a thousand words.
My grandmother sometimes told me women of my generation had become too complacent when it came to the Women’s Movement, that those who of us who arrived post-bra-burning didn’t realize that women still had work to do. Now that I am mother to a daughter, I am aware how right she was. But this election is a chance for my generation to carry on the torch. Also, Mammy did her part for both Obama campaigns. The least I can do is put my money where my mouth is.
And a side note, check out this news clipping about the Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Florida. My great-grandmother Rose Lentz is quoted.
She was born before women had the right to vote. I bet she also would have been moved by this election. And I bet she would have some choice words about the Republican ticket.
(Shattered glass picture via Desertrose7)