Only now am I coming up from air. I have to admit, I've been in a political daze most of this year. In the beginning, like much of the country, I was in shock that Hillary Clinton lost the election. She was up against a candidate who should have never been in the running, it should have been an easy win - this was at least is what I was thinking when Trump was still just one of many. A joke, a jerk, a guy who got into the running to boost his television ratings and shouldn't have been taken seriously...and then he was. I stopped listening to the radio, to television, I only read snippets of my Economist, but even that was too much. We had been through two years of non-stop political advertising and campaign promises and frankly, I crawled into a hole for a little while, unsure of where to go and what it all meant for the future. I'm guessing maybe many of you felt the same?
I spent three years traveling with Raising Ms. President and singing her praises. Talking about hope and change and inspiring women, young and old, with a message of "you should run" and "if not you, then who?" But where does that fit today? I was asked to do an interview after the election and I declined. I couldn't talk about it. I didn't know what to say. In fact, I was extremely cynical and had a few months of wondering if it was all-for-not. But in recent months, I'll tell you, the message of Raising Ms. President is stronger than ever. Politics is still ruled by men, men who have been in office since the 1980s and still think like the 1980s, minus the big hair. We need term limits, to end the amount of money that is dumped into politics and campaigns that could be better used to revitalize neighborhoods, build sidewalks, feed the poor and hungry, build schools and city centers and provide a better quality of life for the people of this nation. Instead, we accept that this is the norm, and without women, it will continue to be so.
Women are economic drivers. We are smart and driven and problem solvers. We are empathetic, pragmatic and serious about bettering people's lives through better policy making. Rarely do we let sex get in the way of our ambition or let it take down our career, we are focused on the job at hand - our children and our families. We are focused on the whole picture. So, women, let's run, support, campaign, ask and talk about politics and the need for more female representation, Let's hold those who voted for Trump, or who didn't vote for Hillary because they were die-hard Bernie supporters, accountable, not in a malicious way, but in a way that lets them know we're ready to talk about what we want for the future of our country as one, not segments.
We can't have a leader who spends time tweeting about mundane things when there is a country to run and world problems to solve. We can do better America. Hillary was a good choice for president. I'll never quite understand the hatred toward her or why some women abandoned her, so I'll leave the end here to ask, what do you want in a female candidate? Hillary might be done with running for office, but that doesn't mean you should be.