While my closest friends would have no trouble telling you where I stand politically, I'm pretty skittish about talking politics in public. I think it's because I used to be a journalist (and now I'm a government teacher). In both roles, it's necessary to be nebulous about personal beliefs.
That said, I wanted to share this:
My daughters woke up early before the second presidential debate to make Hillary signs. While I am certainly with her, my kids actually told me later they have no idea who I'm voting for (somehow, outside of conversations about race, immigration, war, poverty... my husband and I have magically been able to refrain from talking politics with our kids). I say this to assert they didn't make the Hillary posters for me. All they know is a woman is running for president and by golly, they're rooting for her.
I know there are a million arguments against voting for a candidate based on sex (I asked myself the hard question today — would I vote for Sarah Palin just because she's a woman??) and I'd be happy to talk nuances in person... but all I want to say here is that it's hit me again just how important it is for my two daughters to know that IT IS, in fact, possible for a woman to be president of the United States of America. Because before this election, I really did wonder — it's been 240 years of male presidents, so... is it?
It is important to see yourself in your leaders. During my first year at this international school, my boss was Chinese-Canadian. It was crazy how much it meant to me to have an Asian boss because guess what? I'd never had one before. I cried when Obama was elected president in 2008 because he, too, is a minority. And now, you better believe I'm thrilled a woman might very well be president.
(Lucky for us, Taiwan just elected its first female president this year, so the precedent is already there for my kids. In fact, when a boy told my older daughter he should be the leader of whatever game they were playing because he's a boy, my kid said, indignantly, "Girls can be leaders, too! Taiwan's president is a girl! And America's next president probably will be, too!" See? This is so important.)