It's only been a year?
It seems like a decade ago, but in fact, it was just one year ago that I was working in New York City at Hillary’s election headquarters. It was a glorious autumn day, nary a cloud in the sky. A perfect start to what the blue team anticipated to be a perfect day.
But instead, the orange guy with the yellow hair ended up winning the presidency. Lewd behavior and bullying were normalized, and many citizens in our country have since become marginalized… But I’ll get off my grandstand. The fact is, there are many people on the red team who happen to be in my inner circle. We’re all entitled to our opinions, right?
Plus, it's not all bad. (My husband always comments on my propensity to look at the bright side, regardless of the polarizing darkness.) Here's why...
America IS becoming great. Women are finding their power and raising their voices more than ever before. Yes, we are becoming Stronger Together.
Hillary’s defeat paved the way for women’s marches across the country. And women have become empowered to speak out about personal experiences as survivors of assault. Tolerance for workplace discrimination also seems to be waning. We have a long way to go, obviously, but we’ve made a start.
Women are becoming united in the refrain: No More.
Women owe a debt of gratitude to Hillary. As a strong woman, she has forever been a lightning rod for those who have been intimidated by her smarts and fortitude. She’s taken the hits for all women in this country. She’s been brave enough to put herself out there to risk and experience loss. (We all know that she really didn’t lose, though...)
Can you imagine what life would have been like if Hillary were our president today? Oh, my goodness, I can. Of course, I mostly see the good. But I also know that we’d all be witnessing a daily and brutal assault on her character, policy and opinions by her opposition. Every. Single. Day. And it would hurt all of us more than we know.
Last year’s election concluded that we’re not ready for a woman president. But thanks to Hillary’s loss, I think we’re getting there.
So to that I say, "2020! Here we come! Hear us roar!"