Did you hear the sound of shattering glass this week? It doesn't matter which political party you're in or what your feelings about any of the candidates—something historic happened this week. It's the first time in U.S. history that a woman became a presidential nominee for a major political party.
I've spent so much of my life
and energy fighting for women to be at the table, and I'm so aware of
women across the globe who don't even have half the rights we've slowly
gained here in the U.S.
I also keep thinking of my
beloved mother, who left this earth in 2008. When she was born, women
didn't even have the right to vote here in the U.S. And although she was
a staunch Republican, I think she would have been elated to hear the
sound of a glass ceiling shattered by Hillary Clinton Tuesday night,
too. She always wanted my sister and me to have any opportunities we
could and didn't want barriers to be put in our way.
This week has been one of reflection for me. We women have
come a long way. On the other hand, things should never have been the
way they were in the first place. Injustice everywhere. African
Americans enslaved. No rights at all. Women unable to vote. The poor
falling between the cracks. Struggling so hard just to get rights that
should have been there in the beginning. But that's life, isn't it? When
justice is important to us, we just keep speaking up and working to
change the systems—and we don't just do it for ourselves. We do it for
others, too, particularly those who have no voice. That's using our
personal power for good in the world.
Who needs your voice today? What will you do about it?