We're inching ever closer to an unprecedented moment in American history: The election of our first woman president. But for some reason, we hear precious little about it in the national media.
Since we hear so little about it, I posed this query:
I'm writing a piece about what the first woman president means to you. Please reply and I'll include some of your responses. #debatenight
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) October 19, 2016
I received a flood of inspiring responses:
— ExtremeLiberal (Jim) (@ExtremeLiberal) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou A first woman President would mean the world to me. I’ve been dreaming of a woman President since I was 6 years old in 1974. 🙂
— Sherri (@SherriPizza) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou It means we never gave up fighting. The suffragettes who were murdered didn’t die in vain. Girls of today can truly be anything.
— Traci Law (@tracilaw) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou I have 2 young daughters. I grew up in the UK so it was always understood that women could lead, out here in the US it’s overdue.
— Andrew W Chamings (@AndrewChamings) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou history in the making. But honestly male or female or trans, black white blue purple, she is the most qualified for the job.
— Joe Anderson (@joe_dirty) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou It means she succeeded, despite having to work harder than her male opponent, and in spite of sexism.
— Peach (@Peachthlu) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou That it’s fraught with peril, anticipation, certain disappointment, and too-high expectations. And she’ll just KEEP WORKING.
— Ann-Marie Parker (@AnnMom2enp) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou progress and equality, that woman are as strong as men and can lead the most powerful nation in the world.
— Scott Gauthier (@scott_sgauthier) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou: may sound too simple,it means: as women, we matter, we can do this. No one gets to stop us now. She’s carrying a big burden 4us
— Mary Carolyn Englum (@mcenglum) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou It shows me that hard work pays off. She’s worked so hard even when it didn’t go how she hoped. She NEVER gave up on her dream.
— Kim Kurzatkowski (@the_other_kimk) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou. The US finally joins the world stage with a woman at the top of governance.
— Kathy Jeffers (@KathyJeffers3) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou It means that glass ceilings can be broken and equality for all is within reach.
— Lisa Boyd (@lisavboyd) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou We are the same age. We graduated from college the same month. We have fought so many of the same battles. I am so with her.
— GraceAnne DeCandido (@GirasoleAzzurra) October 19, 2016
— Will Bradley (@willbradley) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou The first woman president will mean reproductive rights are human rights and human rights are reproductive rights.
— Dinah Cox (@DinahCox) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou That my 9yo daughter doesn’t have to grow up striving to be the first female POTUS but just the next president.
— Jose Sanchez (@jsanch7) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou Women earned the vote after my Mom was born. Girls born after our first woman prez is elected can soar through the glass ceiling
— nojobisworththis (@nojobisworth) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou women’s health will become mainstream. I’m sure of sound policy to that effect, and it certainly makes me proud.
— Catherine Amayi (@catherine_amayi) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou Intelligence, compassion, diversity, equality, community, and hope for our daughters and grand-daughters, our sons and grandsons
— CR (@onoma071112) October 19, 2016
— Janice Newell (@janicen) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou Growing up in the 70’s & 80’s, the idea of a woman president was just a dream. I’m elated that it’s about to become a reality.
— Monica DeLeon (@MizLion722) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou What a great woman to survive all the empty attacks for 30yrs & work so faithfully for our country. So proud USA elected her
— Connie Bergman (@connie_bergman) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou it means finally being taken seriously for your accomplishments & not just your looks
— (((WordisBondisha))) (@KeshRue) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou while inequality still exists in ??Hillary’s hard work, determination, strength & confidence gives us/women hope for more change
— Alexis Laurence (@skeeter3690) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou 54-yr-old-served as local elected offical- when women r elected policies 4 women & families r on the table & more women AT TABLE
— JanetJoakim (@51PercentofUS) October 19, 2016
— z (@zvakanaka_) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou wow, for me it’s a dream come true, having been part of the feminist movement at UC Berkeley in the 1970s and become a doctor
— Louann Brizendine (@drlouann) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou Anything is possible, truly. Homage to all the women who blazed the trail, validation to those on it now, hope to those behind
— Christy Turner (@DementiaSherpa) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou – the equality and inclusion so many fearless and brave women, who came before us, fought and died for is finally coming true.
— Julie Albert (@juliewhnp) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou A woman President represents Hope, Equality, Respect,and above all Future ❗️❗️❗️
— Agnes Uzu (@its_bea55) October 19, 2016
— LKWA1 (@WDeedakaren) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou Been waiting for woman president since I campaigned for McGovern at age 16. Been waiting for THIS woman president since 1992.
— Sarah Bartenstein (@sbartenstein78) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou Finally, we are equal to men in the eyes of society.My own personal confidence and self esteem is rejuvenated.
— alita gay bess (@alitaleader) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou I’ll no longer think, like I first thought in HS gov’t class, that qualifications to be US President include being male & white
— Dance & Dance More (@mari_isabel) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou It means everything! Just like electing the first AA president. I never thought I would see both in my lifetime. So happy!!
— susanDKA (@SusanDKH) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou it would mean there is a chance for women to be taken seriously&at their word – had a horrible time against my stalker
— Kaye (@theOriginalKomz) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou For the first time ever 51% of Americans will be represented in the highest office in the world.
— Cracking Ceilings (@228Years) October 19, 2016
@peterdaou For the first time, our president will have lived my life as a working mom. Same dreams. Same challenges. Same worries. Same love
— Karen Murphy (@MDHillRaiser) October 19, 2016
Those tweets are just a small sample. There are so many more equally beautiful ones.
Thank you for asking the question that has been overlooked.
— Traci L. (@tracilaw) October 19, 2016