I debated about what I wanted to post tonight for quite a while, but I finally decided to go for it. Tonight, I want to talk about the history that was made in our country today.
I never discuss politics outside of my house. I don't post about anything on social media, I don't take part in political conversations, and I try to keep my opinions private. I just know too many people with whom I could get into huge arguments if we ever started discussing anything politically important. I know that I won't change their opinions, and they're not going to change mine, so it really isn't worth the discussion.
That being said, I don't care if you're Republican, Democratic, or want to vote for the Unicorn party, everyone should be proud of how far we have come as a country. I am twenty-two years old, and I am so excited that this change has come about as I'm still entering adulthood. My siblings will grow up truly understanding that women can do absolutely anything than men can do.
I remember the last time that we made such enormous strides as a country. In 2008, I was in tenth grade. I remember the day that Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. My high school had set up a projector in the auditorium, and they were showing the ceremony live from a news broadcast online. During your lunch period, you could eat in the auditorium that day if you so chose, and you could watch part of the ceremony. For the first time that semester, I was thrilled that I had the last lunch period of the day, because it was the absolute perfect timing. As I sat there eating lunch, I was able to actually watch live as Barack Obama took his oath and was sworn in. When we discussed the events of the day in my Global class later that afternoon, I was one of only a handful of students who had actually been able to see that part of the ceremony live. And the same thing happened that day; none of us truly knew who we were yet, being just sophomores, and we obviously couldn't vote yet, but no matter whether we had started on a path to becoming a Democrat or a Republican, we were all so excited that we had elected our nation's first black president, and that we were able to witness history.
Obviously, this was only a nomination for Hillary Clinton today, but I feel like this was just as important as actually winning an election. No woman has ever been named a major party's official nominee before. No matter what happens in the coming months, no matter what your political opinion, everyone should recognize that this was a huge achievement for this country as a whole. Amidst chaos and turmoil, and negativity that fills the news outlets, we have hope for the future because we can recognize that there should be equality among us. Now we just have to move forward and apply that equality on a daily basis, throughout all parts of life, and maybe we can turn things around for our nation.
Today, I am extremely proud to be a woman in the United States of America.
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