…to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
Hillary Clinton’s concession speech was probably the hardest speech she’s ever given. Yet, I believe that her path-breaking life prepared her, and she delivered it spot on. In every defeat lies a lesson and opportunities to bring home the prize. At this time, in this country, the price is greater involvement by women in government and a kinder world.
The day after the election, three of my granddaughters – college freshmen, one is gay and another biracial – texted me and their fear was palpable. Away from home for the first time, hurricane winds had knocked them off their feet. These young women are not old enough to understand that politics rests on shifting sands that blow from all directions.
While all eyes were on the presidential race, a few down-ballot women candidates stepped into the public eye. And when the shock and hurt subside, my granddaughters will learn that new seeds of hope were planted and began sprouting on Nov. 8, 2016.
Eight fresh women representatives will join the U.S. House of Representatives. Women who won a seat in the U.S. Senate:
Tammy Duckworth (D) will be the first biracial senator and the first female senator to have seen combat. “When we agree, I'll work with them on policies that help this nation. But when we disagree, I will stand up and fight for working people.”
Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) becomes the state’s first senator of Indian descent. “When we have been attacked and when our ideals and fundamental ideals are being attacked, do we retreat or do we fight? I say we fight!”
Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) holds the distinction of being the first Latina to serve in the Senate. “It’s about time our government mirrors the diversity of our nation.”
New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) won her state’s U.S. Senate seat. “This is a critical time for New Hampshire and our country, and now more than ever, we need to work together to address our challenges.”