It is interesting to me, the apathy that I have witnessed towards Hillary running for President. A highly qualified, highly intelligent, highly respected woman who is being met with curious opposition from her own side in favor of less qualified male candidates. How interesting. If Hillary was a man, would we be advocating as a party for a Senator from Chicago with only two years experience in Washington with such gusto? Seeing as how her views on equal marriage rights are in line with Barack's (they both support civil unions, but not marriage), I am surprised at the lack of support she is receiving in favor of him. Especially considering that her being in office would completely change the face of our political world - open up so many possibilities for positive change, open up a woman's place in determining the course of this country. Are we really so afraid to have a voice for women in the most powerful position in the world? Is there really a better woman candidate on the horizon that we promise we will vote for in the future? Or are we saying that just her being in the race is enough? That she's had her time but now we better get back to the serious contenders?
I am angry. Angry at the ways in which sexism in this country is undermining the most formidable Democratic contender for the 2008 Presidential elections. Angry at how those who are against her hide behind "she's too strong" or "she's not motherly enough" or "she has too much baggage." Bullshit. It's time for change. It's time for someone not mired in their own male privilege and sexism to steer this country on a new path. It's time for women's voices to be heard from the most powerful podium in the world.
"There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country." - Hillary Clinton