Our older daughter has been following the presidential election all the way back to the primaries and the many candidates who threw their hat into the ring for the 2016 election.
She has her own chromebook (with limited access to all on the internet) and with that has been able to follow the platforms, candidates, who’s in and who’s out. Reading scholastic news and more student news. Through this last year she has formed her own opinion. This has brought about many discussions between us and what and why each of us feels that way about someone or not. The family dinner table discussions have changed from everyday discussions to what’s going on in politics.
For the California primary I pulled her from school at lunch to accompany me to cast my vote. We entered the polling place and she seemed enthralled.
She has formed her own opinion now that we are down to the two presidential candidates. We have had many discussions about who, what, where, when and why hoping to filter some of the ugly but not filtering too much. We have tried not to promote first female president as the only reason to support this candidate. We have talked about experience and knowledge vs gender.
Then one night during a bout of my own insomnia I came across a post that Hillary Clinton was going to be at a public event in San Francisco.
It was an awe-inspiring event to be in the room with strong females. Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Diane Feinstein and of course Hillary Clinton. I see this day was as a way for my daughter to see the powerful positions women can attain in the world here in our own country.
I hope that like me, she walked away inspired.