What we owe Hillary Clinton as millennial women
Many of us are mourning. Mourning for our country, mourning for our generation, mourning for what we believed were essential American values. But as I wept watching Hillary give her concession speech last week, I realized that — although this is a dark time for America — it is also an inspiring one.
But Hillary’s speech not only made me sad and angry, it also instilled in me an intense sense of determination to change the course of our country.
This election was different. We all knew that.
I was a Hillary supporter from the beginning of this campaign. I always believed that she was the remedy that this broken country needed. I read numerous articles, listened to podcasts, watched shows, and researched Hillary. With every single thing I learned, I felt more and more proud that she was my candidate and was representing me.
As I write this, I weep for what America has lost by not electing the first female president who I believe would have brought people together, who would have proven that she is the most prepared, knowledgeable, hard-working person for the office. Hillary would have shown the world that women are just as good at the job as men.
Why did we not educate ourselves on the two candidates to learn about their beliefs, their interests, and their policies? Instead, we read Facebook feeds, tweets, and headlines — but did not dig further. It is our duty as Americans to do the research, to figure out who represents our values and the future we want for our country. We should not expect the media to spoon feed it to us.
As millennials, we are adept at sharing Facebook statuses that express our beliefs, posting Instagram selfies with our “I voted” stickers, and using hashtags to show our support. Now that the election results are in, we cannot return to our daily lives and move on — not this time.
Hillary’s life is a supreme example of that.
We have to show Hillary that all of this wasn’t for naught.
She spent her life fighting for us and our rights, showing the male establishment that women’s rights are human rights.
We must do our part — whether that is donating to or volunteering for organizations that protect women’s rights, civil rights, people of color’s rights, LGBT rights, the environment, etc., and/or taking to the streets to protest.
This is a movement. It is our turn to fight for what we believe and what we want this country to be. Hillary laid the path for us, now we must follow it and build upon it. If we have learned anything from Hillary, it is that the work never stops and it takes strong, determined women to move this country forward.
Let’s get to work, millennial women. And thank you, Hillary.
Madison Randall is a creative executive at a digital media studio in Los Angeles where she creates, develops, and produces content for various platforms across the internet. But when she isn’t brainstorming new show ideas, she is either thinking about politics, food, or regretting watching the latest episode of “Real Housewives.”