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May 2, 2013
Madam President, has a nice ring, doesn’t it?
So, EMILY’s List rolled out a new campaign, “Madam President,” working to get a woman in the white house. The video for the campaign is pretty amazing.
If you aren’t familiar with EMILY’s List, it’s an organization that works to promote pro-choice, Democratic women, and get them into elected office. If we are to have our issues addressed, it is imperative that we are represented in our government. Women represent over 50% of the US population, and that is absolutely not reflected in Congress and the Senate.
Also, women who work to erode other women’s rights AREN’T allies, hence the emphasis on democratic, pro-choice women. It isn’t enough to have boobs to make it an accomplishment for a woman to be elected. John McCain banked on us being fooled by Sarah Palin, and we saw how well THAT worked.
I think it’s rad that this campaign focuses on young girls, because I’d much rather my future daughter aspire to be POTUS than on the cover of Cosmo. While I disagree that it’s the “last glass ceiling,” it’s definitely one that I want to see shattered in the next decade or so. I vaguely remember being in grade school in social studies class, and going around the classroom naming the different requirements to run for president, and a boy naming being a man as one of them. While he was shot down for being technically incorrect, we certainly had no reason to think otherwise.
Flash forward to Spring of 2008. I was 21 years old, it was a beautiful sunny day, and I was able to cast my first vote in a presidential primary, and I voted for a woman. That’s right, while I worked on both Obama campaigns, Hillary was absolutely my first choice, and when she gave her concession speech, I was crying.
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it… You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the President of the United States. And that is truly remarkable.”