I know all of our life experiences affect how we vote.
This is what’s affecting me:
Being physically abused and domineered by men (at times) is affecting how I vote.
Seeing women belittled by men throughout my life is affecting how I vote.
Seeing women being treated as ‘less than’ in life, work, home, and religion is affecting how I vote.
Hearing black people (and all of NYC) cheer and shout and bang pots and pans when we elected our first black president is affecting how I vote. Because it’s time for another first. And these firsts literally create a new existence for all those that come after.
Seeing firsthand the mistreatment of LGBTQ is affecting how I vote.
Seeing people of color and people of religion continually treated without equality and, instead, with fear is affecting how I vote.
Despising racism, sexism, bullying, hateful rhetoric, and violence more than anything else is affecting how I vote.
Knowing what endurance, thick skin, hard work, and resilience it takes to be a successful woman with meaningful work is affecting how I vote.
Being oppressed, silenced, judged, and mistrusted at times because I am a woman is affecting how I vote.
With my vote, I’m doing my best to stand up for the value and worth of every human being.
But it’s also a shame to me that this type of vote even has to exist – that votes this year are needed to protect THE VERY BASICS of humanity. How I wish that all these values of society were a given. Because clearly there are other major issues within our political system that need to be addressed.
Regardless, sending my best to the hopeful Madame President – that she can lead us well and that her good qualities will shine. There’s no other woman that can say on her Facebook profile that she’s a “wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, presidential candidate.” And that’s extraordinary. #ImWithHer
I know my experiences are different than yours. I would love to hear: What personal life experiences or values are affecting your vote this year?
P.S. Sending lots of love and friendship to you all during the next few days. I know this election has been plain nuts for all of us, no matter who you’re voting for. May we all breathe easy if we can. And if there’s something we can probably all agree on and celebrate, it’s this: this election has been a wake up call for all of us. XOXO