Whatever your opinion on Hillary Clinton’s politics or character, there’s one thing that you have to admit. Her nomination is huge for women and the daughters that we’re raising.
It’s one thing to teach our daughters that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. My girls don’t question this as truth. They fully believe in their potential and that they can do anything a boy can do—although I do discourage peeing while standing because ain’t nobody got time for that mess.
But it’s a completely different thing to be able to sit down and point to a specific moment in time when a woman was nominated for president by a major party.
It’s huge. It makes telling our girls they can be anything a fact instead of a hope or a dream. There is verifiable evidence that, if they want to, they can lead the most powerful country in the world. That’s a really, really big deal.
I’ve read comments from people who dislike Hillary saying that they didn’t need her to know that a woman can be president. They’ve known it all along. The thing is, that’s not actually true. They’ve believed it all along. Just like I have. They’ve felt with every fiber in their being that women are just as smart and capable as men. But the fact that a woman could be elected wasn’t proven until a woman was actually nominated.
Some people may roll their eyes and accuse me of digging deep into semantics. I don’t really care. A woman will be standing on stage debating topics that are usually left to old white guys. She has a 50-50 chance of becoming the next president when less than 100 years ago she wouldn’t have been allowed to vote. That is so powerful for young girls to see. The more often they’re exposed to women in positions of power in fields typically thought of as belonging to men, the more they will believe they can get in there and do their thing too.
Before I stop rambling, I want to make one thing clear. I’m in no way telling you who to vote for. I would never tell anyone to vote for someone just because she has a vagina. That’s insulting to women everywhere (although so is Donald Trump) and insulting to the struggle it took to get to a point where a woman is even considered a choice in a presidential election.