How Will You Model Your Best Post-Election Behavior?
Here's what I'm telling my daughter who is bewildered by the blatant disrespect for women that welled-up throughout this presidential campaign...
As a mom, I really try to model good behavior for my children. Keep a balanced perspective on things, Cheri. Don’t catastrophize. (No, Cheri, you will not die if you don’t find your car keys.) Don’t act out of anger. Think before you speak.
Folks, right now I am thinking before I speak.
Last night was not good for things I care about, like strong women leaders, the Paris climate agreement, respect for people of all colors and faith. But like I said, I’m still thinking….
My daughter dominates my thoughts. She is whip-smart, big-hearted, and in her first year at university. For good or bad, she’s never considered “being a woman” as much of an advantage or disadvantage. She’s an achiever and hangs with people of all stripes based on shared interests, not gender, skin color, or class.
Late last night my daughter and I cried together just a little bit on the phone. She is bewildered and saddened by the blatant disrespect for women that welled-up throughout this presidential campaign. All I could do was empathize (because I was trying not to speak out of anger or fear) and assure her that women of all stripes will find their way back to each other and work together to advance the rights of women and families once again. They always do.
I am still thinking before I say more on the election, climate, or gender politics.
I am certain, however, that the women of Washington will—in the not-so-distant future—join hands and rise up to guarantee a healthy climate for every mother’s child in Washington. How about that for modeling good post-election behavior?
###It has never been more important to ACT NOW to join hands and rise up to guarantee a healthy climate for every mother’s child: