Monday, November 7, 2016

One Last Thing...


Tomorrow is Election Day so there will be no article published. Please go out and vote if you haven't voted early, this election is simply too important. If your polling center is one of the hot spots for voter intimidation, take a deep breath and stay in place, this is your right and your future and no one can take that away. 

I will be having an Election Party Sleepover here in Paris (I will be wearing a pajama pantsuit) with homemade burgers, Brooklyn IPAs, sweet potato fries, and the Clinton Family's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and waiting all night for the results-- there's champagne in the fridge ready to be popped open. 

I always joke on Facebook and thank my friends for putting up with me during this election, I admit the profanity has gone up as I've grown more frustrated (and after all, I am a nasty woman), but I do mean it. I've been able to engage in interesting and respectful conversations with all my friends, regardless of our primary choices. This is something not everyone has enjoyed during this very nasty and disheartening process. 

In the summer of 2001, two very brave people grabbed their two little girls, packed their suitcases, and moved them to a sunny city named Miami in the south of the United States to give them a future that would've been impossible in any other place. I couldn't be more grateful to my parents for making that sacrifice. In 2012, I was the first of my family to become a citizen and voted for the first time. This year, my younger sister registered and voted for the first female candidate of a major party. My eyes tear up thinking about her first vote being for Hillary Clinton and how far we both have come as young women.

When I was a Sophomore at university, I was talking to a friend who was also pre-law. She told me about how afraid she was to apply to law schools and to internships in the State, "I'm a Hispanic girl... I don't know if they'll hire me," she said. I had never experienced this kind of doubt, perhaps I was shielded from the reality of life as a minority woman in the United States, but mostly, my parents raised me to think that I was just as capable and deserving as anyone else. If they made the sacrifice to migrate to this intimidating, gigantic, complicated country, it was my job to make them proud, I never saw myself limited by my gender or my ethnicity. 

It is this same belief that I want my sister to grow up with, and eventually, my children. 

Now, I must admit that I have always admired Hillary. And this election has left me feeling like that's a guilty pleasure I should keep to myself. While I have seen it is nearly impossible to change people's minds on specific issues, I have tried to be as vocal as I could about my support in hopes that it will incite something positive in someone else. I have identified myself with her over the years. I know what it is to be too serious, too driven, too convicted, too ambitious. I have left people behind to pursue my dreams, and like Hillary, I don't share the charisma and ease to be liked and charming that someone like President Obama has. 

While this election has very much exposed questions of gender (among other things), it saddens me that the historic importance of it has taken a backseat to the vitriol and the division of our country. Despite all the hate and the exposed underbelly of racism and sexism, I have been very moved by this election in ways that are not always evident. When that glass shattered at the DNC this summer, I cried in my kitchen. And when I woke up at 3am to follow the second debate, I was so delighted to be up with all of my friends being shocked and disgusted, together. 

In fighting the hate, we have grown closer together, braver, stronger, and that is very much like us isn't it? We've spoken up to defend our values, to say that you don't represent us and we won't take it. Women have banded together to speak against sexual assault, demand respect for our bodies and our voice. Hispanics have come to terms with the power they possess (apparently we're an important group ;) and our vote counts). Religious freedom, the importance of Black Lives, reproductive rights, poverty, same-sex love, the lives and honor of our servicemen, are all issues important to us, and they can't just be swept to the side and ignored or disrespected. 

You see, for when you try to divide, people come together in tremendous, wonderful ways. 

I have no doubts that if elected, Hillary Clinton will be a wonderful president. After all, she's been a courageous and strong First Lady, a hard-working Senator, and a relentless Secretary of State (right, right, the emails... we know). 

It has been a long way since June 4th, 1919. I hope tomorrow we could make herstory. 
"Look how far we've come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history." 
A few things before we go:

Wearing White to Vote in Honor of the Suffragist Movement

Hillary's Podcast is so so good!

Under the rain in Florida

Made me cry... again

When they go low, we go high

And lastly: How it all stated...