I’m entering dicey territory today as I write about politics, something I thought I’d never do. It’s uncomfortable. No matter what side you’re on, assumptions are made about your character, your motives and your faith. Writing this has the potential to piss off a lot of people, especially family and friends. I certainly have people I love who think differently than me on some issues. But sometimes pissing people off can’t be avoided even while we try to handle difficult conversations delicately. Today’s post isn’t meant to start a huge debate over who you should vote for. There are plenty of other articles that will lay out the arguments much better than I can. It’s also not meant to be a wholehearted embrace of a single political candidate. Like everyone, I’m choosing who I support from just a handful of options. There is no single candidate who perfectly represents each of my views. However, I see this as an important historic moment for our country and I am excited to be a part of it.
Last week was a historic moment for the United States. For the first time a woman won the presidential nomination for a major political party. As millions of Americans stand behind Hillary Rodham Clinton, our dream of having a female president is that much closer to coming true.
As I vote this year, I’m thinking of my infant daughter. Of the fact that having a female president will be an accepted part of her life. Of the legacy that she’s inherited as an American woman. I’m thinking of the suffragists, like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who dreamed of this day and laid the groundwork for it to happen.
This November as I cast my ballot, I’m snapping a picture with my daughter. It’s a monumental moment in our history and I want to show her that she was there with me. There are many factors that go into the candidate who we support, but for me, this year, one reason that #ImWithHer (HRC) is for her (my daughter). Just as my foremothers took bold strides to give me the privilege of voting, I want to pave the way for my daughter and the future generations.
If you’ll also be celebrating this historic moment and voting for our first female president, join me in taking a picture** with your daughter (or your sister, your niece, your wife, your mom, grandmother or a friend) and posting it with the hashtags #ImWithHerForHer and #ContinuingSusansLegacy.
Make the inconvenient choice to take your daughters (and sons!) with you to the polling station so that they can be part of this historic moment. Or, if you’re an absentee voter like me, take a moment to explain to your children what you’re doing and why it is important. Let’s flood the polls with women who are celebrating and exercising their right to vote and continuing the legacy left by our suffragette mothers.
**Please note that many states have laws against taking pictures of your ballot, taking pictures inside the voting booth or even taking pictures inside a polling place. Check out the guidelines for your state here.
Thanks to Gina Glorioso Rendall for coming up with the hashtags and to Lindsey Glorioso Hennis for creating the graphic with Susan B. (Lindsey runs Clever Bird Designs which can be found on Facebook and on Etsy)
For some voting inspiration, check out these links:
The Mayor of Rochester, NY leaves a thank you note at Susan B.’s grave and encourages people to add their own note to her.
Ruline Steininger (103 years old) can’t wait to vote for the first female president.
Photograph of Lucy Burns after she was arrested for protesting on behalf of women’s voting rights