- Late Saturday afternoon.
- On the elliptical rider.
- Listening to “Bombay Dreams” on my MP3.
- Watching the replay of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ‘Farewell’ Speech.
When I was in college I volunteered at the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach from Sept. 1995 – Nov. 1996. The office was started by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Though I’ve never met her, and may not agree with all of the decisions she’s made, I felt a deep connection to her campaign for the American Presidency. Hence, I supported her, albeit quietly, in the primary.
I was on the elliptical rider with the soundtrack from “Bombay Dreams” blasting in my ears. MSNBC was airing Clinton’s Step-down from the race for the Presidency. I was moving along on the elliptical rider as I watched Clinton’s speech and read the closed-captioning. It was early on in the speech when I got chocked up. Tears welled up in my eyes when Clinton said:
Love her or hate her, it is true that Clinton has shattered one of the highest glass ceilings in our country. Now every little girl in this country can realize that their dream of running for higher office is possible. This gives me hope that there will be many little girls who will take the initiative to pursue their hopes and dreams, which may have once been laughed-off by society since the Presidency was (and as of now still is) a male-thing.
And so, as I moved along to the music, burning-off some calories, I felt proud to be an American Woman on Saturday. Even though Clinton will not be on the Democratic Ticket in November, I feel as though she opened the door to so many other qualified women who aspire for more in the political arena. Her candidacy speaks loud and clear to all women: “you CAN be anything you want to be” because this is America and you have the right to whatever YOUR American Dream will be.
This blog is not a place where Ruth and I discuss politics. However, I felt it was okay to come out and say who I supported now that it’s a race between Obama and McCain (and I haven’t made up my mind one way or another yet). You will not be seeing more political discourse from me since I do not feel this blog is the right venue for engaging in a political discussion.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.