Last night Hillary Clinton surpassed the 2383 that she needed to become the first female nominee for President for a major party -EVER. It was announced as a quick note and MSNBC went on to Donald Trump. Then there were a lot of questions on how if happened and then Hillary went on to downplay it for fear of offending Bernie or his supporters. Bernie Sanders continues to question Hillary being selected as the nominee. He wants to wait for every vote to be cast and then he wants the super delegates to over-ride the people’s votes because of polls. He still tells the people who show up at his rallies and I’m sure his online fans that he can win. He tells them that the process is rigged, he would have won if Hillary just wasn’t so well known, or if the voters weren’t so poor, or from the south.
As a woman, as someone who spent many years not being acknowledged for my own accomplishments, and having to filter many of my suggestions through a man to have them considered, I am ready to scream when I hear another reason why Hillary should step back and wait. Heaven forbid that Bernie or his supporters should be offended. There is no such consideration for Hillary’s supporters. We aren’t a worry evidently. In fact, Bernie thinks that we should just step aside and let HIM take the role because he gets big crowds and he thinks his ideas should take precedent because he – lost?
It makes me sick. Jeff weaver is on the TV now saying that once the “people” have finished voting they can start trying to get super delegates to flip because HE should win. That Hillary’s campaign is expected to step back and still give so much “deference” to Bernie Sanders makes me furious. I finally just heard Robby Mook say that they won because the math is clear. But it was still so muted. I hope that we get a celebration today but that isn’t going to change the underlying sexism.
I watch it every day. Hillary Clinton operates under a different set of expectations and the rules are harder. Donald Trump lies by the minute. Bernie Sanders tells fewer lies than Trump but like Trump he does not apologize for lies or actions. Her words require an apology while his votes on the same issue had a “reasoning” and he refuses to apologize. I could go on. All I know is that this primary season reinforced that a woman isn’t supposed to proudly proclaim her achievements. We are held to a higher standard. The math isn’t enough. The contrast between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump is stark. I can only see one that I want to represent my country.
Will she be strong enough – the question asked by Patricia Schroeder today in talking about worries women may feel when thinking about a woman as President. We know the answer. We always have. Of course she is.
When women succeed the world succeeds. We are strong and competent and we should be able to celebrate. There may come a day when every person is equal. That is how it should be. We aren’t there yet.
I don’t want to be sad, or angry, or frustrated. I want to celebrate. I want the men to celebrate us. I want to see the first female President. I want my nieces to see it. I want them to know they can do anything. I don’t want them to struggle because of their gender. They deserve equal pay. They should not have to be better, work harder, be judged differently. Today that is all true. Hillary will be a huge step, shattering the marble ceiling, but she is a step. Watch how badly she is tree, how differently she is judged. It won’t stop her but she will face barriers she shouldn’t have to -that men don’t face.
Let us celebrate. Bernie please don’t be a sore loser. Take this moment to be who you say you want to be. Listen to the majority of the voters. We know what we want. We want Hillary’s policies. We want her approach. We want HER!!!