Let me start out by saying that I am white, privileged and live in suburbia. I have voted Republican in every election except for 2016. Let me also say that I am a victim of rape, a seminary student with a focus on campus ministry and social justice, a mom and the wife of a healthcare worker. This election is beyond personal.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gutted me. I called senators and donated money to the Democratic Party because I felt like I needed to do something. I educated my children on the amazing things that RBG did, not just for women, but for our country. My oldest asked, “Are you sad for her?” “No, honey. I’m sad for us.” I cried. I’m sad for us because of the implications of what this election means now more than ever.
Ladies, we are considered a marginalized group. I don’t feel that most of the time, but it remains the truth. We need one another, and we need to stand against a president who teaches our children that sexual assault isn’t a big deal, that there are some “good” white supremacists, that the death of over 200,000 Americans isn’t enough of a problem to admit wrongdoing. We need to fight because we are the ones with the power. While history may tell us this isn’t the case, we are strong, and we are mighty, and we can work to make our country better than it has ever been.
I am urging you to see, feel and exercise your power. Together, we can make our country amazing, but we aren’t going to do it with Trump in office. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” Well, ladies, the water is boiling.
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