Why I’m taking my granddaughters to the polls
The 2016 presidential election has been one for the record books in so many ways, turning this country into what one could describe as the Divided States of America. But despite the accusations, however unfounded, the name calling and the scandals-du-jour, several undeniable truths make this a race that will go down in history.
First, it marks the first time a woman is one of the two primary party candidates on the presidential ballot.
Just think about that for a moment.
Whether or not you’re a Hillary supporter, the significance of this moment can’t be denied. I want my granddaughters to witness and remember this milestone.
Yet another truth of this election is that the second of the two primary candidates, Donald Trump, is a solid contender, despite the reality that he has never held public office. Though initially, many deemed the announcement that he was running a joke, he has proven that he was quite serious in his intent. And he has given his opponents quite the run for their money.
The 2016 election has brought us numerous alternative party candidates. Though the likelihood of any winning the election is slim to none, the reality is that votes for any of them could very well change the overall election results, and in doing so, change the path of U.S. history.
This year, of the more than 130 million votes expected to be cast, nearly 53 percent of these voters are women. These women are afforded the opportunity to exercise their constitutional rights a result of the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, following a long, hard battle spanning an unbelievable 72 years.
It has taken us nearly a century since then to ensure that a woman’s name holds one of the top two spots on the ballot.
At the time of this posting, I am one of those still among the undecided. (Don’t judge!) Regardless, I will bring my granddaughters when I exercise the constitutional right that Susan B. Anthony and so many other women fought to ensure, and I will celebrate this landmark in the history of womankind—the open door to the possibility of a woman leading our nation.
I have no doubt that, years from now when my granddaughters have grandchildren of their own, they will have witnessed many subsequent elections and the leadership of countless women who have served as the president of this fine country.
And I want them to be able to tell their grandchildren that they were witness to the first time that Americans were given that choice. Regardless of the outcome of the election, I consider that reality a victory in and of itself.
To that, I can only add this: what took us so long?