You Go Girl

yougoGIRLBy Kayla Goggans

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap]n all honesty, I think, Hillary Clinton, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, is beyond trying to be the first female president. A female president, in this day and age, should no longer be a shock for our country. What would be refreshing is a president with a focus on women’s rights. Although women are still a minority in the political realm.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]hile researching Hillary Clinton’s campaign I was a little disheartened by what the news initially was saying after she had announced her campaign for presidency. It focused on how she wasn’t using her maiden name in the announcement video posted, and that her campaign logo was the one she used in her previous campaign in 2008. Initially, the logo was a capital H with the colors blue and red, but this time the H changes from a rainbow to scenery of mountains or to fields of corn. Presidential campaigns are full of these analytical moments, and I am sure there will be an uprising because of the color of a suit she wears. Rather than filling my mind with all of the current analytical news pieces on her I went back in time and delved into her roots to see what she has been fighting for throughout her time in Washington.[divider type="short" spacing="10"]

In the midst of her husband’s presidency she spoke out for what she was passionate about at the U.N 4th World Conference on Women in 1995.

[blockquote]“The great challenge of this conference is to give voice to women everywhere whose experiences go unnoticed, whose words go unheard. Women comprise more than half the world’s population, 70% of the world’s poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write. We are the primary caretakers for most of the world’s children and elderly. Yet much of the work we do is not valued -- not by economists, not by historians, not by popular culture, not by government leaders.”[/blockquote]

During this part of her life she helped create the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and then became the first female senator of New York. During her speech at the U.N conference she explained all types of women she had met: women that lived in villages and women that lived in big cities and the issues they held dear to them were all similar. Altogether, they were the women that made the world work, by caring, and raising, and working, and thinking, and empathizing.

[divider type="short" spacing="10"][dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]his is by all means not an article attempting to get your vote for Hillary Clinton. It is more so an encouragement for young voters to asses what topics they feel are most important to them in our U.S government and seek a candidate that speaks out about those issues the way you feel we need them to.  Whichever party you are or whichever minority or majority you are, you must vote. It is an incredibly important privilege one needs to do. If you do not vote, the democratic system this country is built on will crumble.

[pullquote]A female president, in this day and age, should no longer be a shock for our country.[/pullquote]

The majority of topics that are important to me in politics are focused around women’s rights. I don’t know much about economic injustice and debt, nor our trade relationships, nor anything involving the business side of the world.  I get overwhelmed when I learn what is going on in the world and get frustrated about some issues that I just cannot grasp, so I try to educate myself as best as I can in the issues that I hold dearly. The battles I fight for are battles that affect me personally. In politics I want to see an end to the battles with Planned Parenthood, the fight against abortion to end, and women to receive the same pay as men for equal work. I want everyone in the entire world to admit climate change is real, I want our country to stop relying on fossil fuels, and I want the minimum wage to increase. I have hope that someone in this upcoming presidential race will have those issues in their minds as well.