DNC on the Homefront: Women’s Equality Day

Tue, August 26, 2008

Moms & Politics

There is so much I could say about today, Women’s Equality Day. But is that really necessary?

Shouldn’t it all be self-evident at this point?

It’s important that we remember that not so many generations ago, the women in our families didn’t have the right to vote, but those of my great-grandmother’s generation were willing to fight for it.

As I prepare for this evening’s great Hillary Clinton speech blog-fest (!), I don’t have time to write a thoughtful essay on why today is the day to think about the state of women in this country compared to less than a century ago.

Fortunately, another very smart woman I know did take the time — please read Hillary Supporters and the Obama Campaign: Please Don’t Do This! by Cynthia at Don’t Gel Too Soon! (yes, she links to me, but that’s not the part I’m talking about!):

Our sisters will do us a disservice that will last a very long time if they continue to stand in the way of an Obama victory or even just sit on their hands, because that will betray women who are at the bottom of the power pile, raising children alone, struggling for childcare, lacking health insurance, vacation or sick leave and any kind of job security.

So if sisterhood is powerful, let those whose hearts are broken by the Clinton loss recall their sisters who need so much – and consider how little their interests would be served if Barack Obama does not prevail.

I hear people’s concerns and I write about them, trying to make sense of our collective discontent.

But I truly fear what will happen if the GOP is able to control the White House for even one second past noon on January 20, 2009. Not for me, so much. But for her and her and her.

You get the idea.

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4 Responses to “DNC on the Homefront: Women’s Equality Day”

  1. Amanda Says:

    I am white knuckling, promising the little girl who rallied in Eugene, Oregon for Walter and Geraldine that I will vote, that I’ll swallow my fear and act.

  2. Magpie Says:

    Yes. And yes again.

  3. Shonda Little Says:

    Today is my birthday and I’ve always felt like it was destined to be this day, that maybe that helped guide me into the feminist I am today.

  4. Houseonahill Says:

    Just sending a “shout out”!! You and Blogher were mentioned on CSpan!! Your live-chat! Go-Girls!!!
    Hillary did GREAT!

    Keep up the awesome job!

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