In Hillary’s concession speech, I felt like she was speaking DIRECTLY to me with this:”I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers – you will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
I see myself at the beginning of my public life. I’ve been “readying myself for launch” all year— fighting my internal fears, fussing over details of my image and how people will react to me. I don’t feel 100% ready but f-ck it. I’m tired of the misogyny, I know that waiting to be perfect before we emerge is a way women are held back in society. So here I am. Perfectly imperfect. A woman. Who dares to be seen (without being 1000% ready). Who dares to speak (without being 1000% ready). Who demands to be treated respectfully (I’m ready for this). Waiting to be perfect before we emerge is a way women are held back in society Click To Tweet
If Hillary can deal with 30+ years of the public hatred and controversy (while tirelessly HELPING people) and just call this a “setback,” I can deal with the momentary discomfort of posting a picture of myself on Instagram. Let’s not be embarrassed to be political anymore. If you’re a woman or a person of color, your very existence is political. You being alive and visible and verbal is political. Don’t let anyone shame you for that, and let’s SHOW ourselves.
I’ve been sitting on a ton of beautiful photos taken by @rachaelleestroud—I chose one at random to be the first of this new dawn—but the meaning I’ll add on now is this: Wearing white to honor the suffragettes. Wearing a bathrobe because let’s take extra-good care of ourselves today, think of it as a spa day before battle. And see the wind in my hair? We’re moving forward.