You know why I’m voting for Hillary? Because I understand the obstacles she has had to overcome. I have watched my mom fight against the sexist double standard of the family court system. I have been dismissed, interrupted, and mansplained to for years. I was the cute little sister of my college campus. I have more professional experience than most young adults, but I have to practically recite my resume before anyone takes me seriously.
I want to run for elected office someday, but when I mention that to someone who could help me get there, I am treated as being less serious about my career. I read the articles about how to advance your career when you’re young and then try to implement that advice – and get told I should “tone it down a little,” even by those who are otherwise supportive.
I am afraid to put my ambitions on a dating profile because I know if I do, I will get clicked past. I play down my dreams in the fear that they will be perceived as unrealistic. I have my personality rejected for, essentially, being too masculine.
You know what? Fuck that. I have lived my entire life breaking down barriers. I broke down food allergy barriers in preschool. I broke down autism barriers in my childhood social group. I broke down age barriers in college admissions. I broke down disability barriers in college and grad school. I broke down domestic abuse barriers in learning to love and trust my step-dad. It’s never been easy, but it’s worth it because I know I have made it easier for others to follow me. So what’s a lifetime more of breaking down gender barriers?
I’m caucusing for Hillary because I know what she has fought through, and I admire her for everything she has done both in spite and because of those struggles. I invite you to join me, because she will break that final glass ceiling.