My mom sent me this article today and it had me feeling all the feels. While much has been written about Trump supporters and Bernie supporters and third-party candidate supporters, there is decidedly little about those of us who support Hillary, her flaws and all. We see the flaws and we acknowledge them, but we don't need her to be perfect. She is enough.
Melissa McEwan puts it beautifully when she says, "it is remarkably rare to find someone writing about Clinton in a way that neither demeans her, nor tasks her with the colossal obligation to be unyieldingly inspiring. Putting someone on a pedestal, after all, can be just as dehumanizing as kicking them into the dirt. I do not need Clinton to be on a pedestal. I can see her just fine sitting on a folding chair."
"I could write an entire essay about why I love this photo. This very candid photo of a woman doing her job in an unspecial room, surrounded by scattered water bottles and the cords to various electronic devices and notices crudely taped to a wall.
This photo of an A student, immersed in her studies.
This photo of one of the most recognizable and admired women on the planet, sitting on a folding chair all on her own, in what has probably become a rare moment of quiet, so she can prepare to lead the free world.
This photo of a woman whose country has often been unfathomably cruel to her, doing her homework so that she can be prepared to be its leader, because she loves this country even when it doesn’t love her back, while its flag pokes into the frame from the corner, a symbol of the history, culture, industry, future of a great and struggling nation, stoically petitioning her from its perch above a dirty carpet in a small room.
This photo of diligent preparedness, demolishing ideas about voracious ego and ruthless ambition beneath a crumbling edifice of misogynist narratives about power-seeking women.
This photo of women’s work.
This photo of Hillary."
- Melissa McEwan