This goes without saying for many of our readers, but the aftermath of this election has been a rough one. Many of us are still trying to come to grips with what happened. Many of us are afraid. Many of us find ourselves the targets of sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and hate. Many of us feel depressed, and many of us are excruciatingly angry. When I saw the final results come in on election night I felt undefinably destroyed. The pain, loss, frustration and anguish I am grappling with comes and goes in waves. I feel it deeply and loudly.
I also feel a huge debt of gratitude for the woman who spent her career fighting for justice, equality, and humans rights. The woman who was the constant target of sexism and misogyny, but did her job anyway. The woman who in the face of “no” made a “yes.” The woman who was criticized for her clothes, her hair, her laugh, her demeanor, for crying, for not crying, for being aggressive, for not being aggressive enough….I could go on.
She may not have broken that glass ceiling, but she gave us all hammers.
Hillary Clinton was and continues to be our warrior. She laid herself down on the coals so the rest of us could walk across her back. If she was knocked down, she got back up to continue fighting, each and every time. And so shall we. Hillary is a true inspiration and a national treasure. Let’s show her that.
Let’s start a campaign of gratitude for Hillary. My goal? Send her a Thank You card for each day she served the public, starting from her commencement address at Wellesley College on June 11, 1969 through Election Day, November 8, 2016 (not that this is the end!). This means we will need exactly: 17,317 cards, with an ideal deadline of January 20th, 2017.
If you want to join me, or know someone who does, please send any and all Thank You notes to:
PO BOX 5256
NEW YORK, NY 10185-5256
Tweet your Thank You so we can make sure we reach our goal
Amy Sutherland is a period-positive advocate and graduate student at the University of Minnesota where she is currently researching and writing her thesis on how menstrual stereotypes and stigmas affect health outcomes in women and girls. Read her full bio here.