As Mom says ” voting is a privilege and NO ONE should tell you how to vote or who to vote for. That is a freedom that we have in the US and it should always be exercised no matter who you vote for, that is your business.” And I agree.
But I just can’t sit by and say nothing about this election. And unfortunately a non-vote or a third party vote is a vote for Trump. So here it goes. I PRAY you receive these words with an open heart and it doesn’t cause more divisions but will rather help bring us together.
You raised your three girls to be the intelligent, thoughtful and kind people. To pursue our dreams. You treated us equally. You listened and adapted when we went off into the world and came home with views you didn’t previously hold. You view the Middle East and the wars there differently now that I’ve worked there and loved the people. After Christie studied environmental science you got solar panels and drive a Prius. You yourselves are thoughtful, intelligent and kind people and I’m proud to be raised by you. So I write this in hopes that as you have grown and changed with your girls over the years, that this election you will grow and change with us again.
Unfortunately the world is run by a lot of Donald Trumps. Where I’ve have to suffer routine sexual harassment and lewd comments in public, in private and at work. The sad part about Trump’s latest scandal was that I WAS NOT SURPRISED nor SHOCKED. I’ve heard the same terrible “locker room talk” as part of my job as a Hollywood assistant, on phone calls, in the writer’s room, on set — none of which, by the way, are actual LOCKER ROOMS. And I’ve learned to shrug it off. But I’m sick of it. I’m tired of how women are treated. I’m tired that we have to CONSTANTLY fight this battle.
Which is why I am SO excited to vote for a woman! To finally have a female President — we’re on the precipice of a historic moment and I can’t wait to tell my daughters one day that I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton as I cast my vote for our first Black President eight years ago! And I’m proud that I get to vote for someone as qualified and hard working as Hillary Clinton and who has had to overcome more push-back and media bias towards women and a cheating husband and a whole lot of other shit that I can’t even imagine. Is this idealistic and maybe naive? Yes. Do I care? No! I want to be excited!!! We’re long overdue!!
But this is a polarized world. Growing up the Clintons were the worst ever — it wasn’t just Bill. Hillary was an ambitious ugly bitch. Feminists were Nazis. And these things shaped the way I thought about women in power. Ambition in a woman was bad. But guess what — I’m SUPER ambitious. All of your daughters are. And I don’t think you’re lying when you brag about us and tell us how proud you are of all we’ve accomplished! We needed ambitious women to get us the vote, to get us birth control, to get health care for mothers and children, to get rights for the disabled, to get us athletic funding and access to higher education and equal pay for equal work. We need more women in power advocating for these things!
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