Election Reflections

In 2004 I was a high school student in Kansas and was surrounded by teachers who were supporting Bush for a second term. I was taking a government class that semester and was getting in trouble constantly for voicing my opinions about the social issues I was concerned about and the liberal solutions I believed in. I had already been asked to leave my philosophy class indefinitely due to my non-religious values. My family had been to see Kerry speak in Kansas City. At the rally, I bought a button that said "Don't Vote for a Son of a Bush" and proudly wore it next to a pin from the 70's my mom had given me that read "Keep Your Hands Out of My Uterus." Our Kerry campaign signs were constantly stolen from our front yard and my father wouldn't let us park the car with our Kerry and Coexist bumper stickers outside of his shop in fear that it would hurt business. 

I was 14 so of course I couldn't vote. When bush won I felt defeated, as did my family. I went to school the next day wearing by liberal buttons and a t-shirt that I made the night before saying BUCK FUSH. I kept it covered up most of the day because I didn't really need more trouble at school.  I was in math class that day when the assistant teacher walked in wearing all black and a deep, concerned frown. I asked him what was up and he told me he was mourning. I told him I was very sorry and that I hoped he would feel better soon. He said it would take four years. He explained he was mourning for our country. His silent, peaceful made a huge impact on me. He was risking his career by taking a political stand in a bible belt state that is ultra conservative. He also let a little angsty teenager know she wasn't alone in her political concern and solitude. 

Tomorrow I may have to wear black to mourn but today I am wearing head to toe white in honor of the suffragettes who dedicated their lifelong work for a day like today. In the early 1900s when suffragists were fighting for the women's right to vote in America they wore all white as a peaceful protest. Today, women around the country are wearing white as a tribute to the women who paved the path to this glorious day when we have a female candidate on the presidential ballot. I hope with all my heart that the majority of Americans will cast their vote for HRC. A Clinton victory means a lot of things but for me, it means that as a nation we are finally in a day and age when women can and will do anything a man can do. A time when we have the same liberties and possibilities. A time for a woman in the White House, and as the leader of the free world. I hope the next steps in equality stateside will be eliminating the gender wage gap and the pink tax on female products. Today let's shatter that god damn glass ceiling once and for all with our votes for Madame President, Hillary Clinton!

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