I’m supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States. I believe she is the most qualified and I want to share some of my reasons for supporting her candidacy.
I was first made aware of her during the sh*tstorm which followed her comment about staying a home and baking cookies during Bill Clinton’s 1992 run for the presidency. My nascent feminist consciousness was outraged by those who ignored that she was fiercely and vocally supportive of women having the choice of full-time career, full-time motherhood or some combination thereof.
I watched her during her time as First Lady, bucking against the trend of merely being a host for state dinners by taking a proactive role in trying to pass health care legislation in 1993. Later, I cringed at seeing her the butt of so many jokes when she decided to honor the vows her husband abused.
Every time she was mocked, her spine got a little straighter and she became more determined. While pundits called her calculated and ambitious, I saw the courage it took to keep going, to keep putting her considerable skills to work for this nation despite all the efforts to tear her down.
I was very impressed by her actions at the 2008 Democratic Convention when she stopped the roll call vote. Not only was that a class act, it shows the limits of her ambition. She choose party unity around Barack Obama instead of forcing a floor fight. See the video here:
As a feminist, I find her passion for women rights throughout her career inspiring. I was just out of graduate school when she delivered her remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing. She kept women and family issues on the forefront while in the Senate including protecting access to family planning and abortion, pay equity, and defending the Violence Against Women Act. As Secretary of State, her actions in defense of women and girls and her call for fair and equal treatment and an end to violence against women were much needed on the international stage.
It takes guts to evolve and she has definitely done so on issues important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, most notably on marriage equality and transgender rights. I was very proud of the speech she gave as Secretary of State on LGBT rights being human rights. She has continued to make non-discrimination and justice for all a cornerstone of her campaign.
I’m going to be voting for her and I hope you do, too.
The Louisiana Presidential Primary is Saturday, March 5th. Early voting is February 20-27.
Check out the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary sheet from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.
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