Day 16 — Finding reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton founded the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative to promote the advancement of women as part of US policy — making it conscious policy — not just an afterthought.
The meetings and successes that sprang from this effort, which brought women from 80 countries together to share resources and intelligence, led to the formation of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, which is now an NGO which really does remarkable work.
I volunteered for them for several years and their achievements are remarkable. They have, literally, changed the world for women, in addition to making profound differences in the lives of women in villages and communities throughout the world. I can honestly say hearing the stories of the women they support and work with was one of the most inspiring occurrences in my life.
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Day 11 – Why I’m voting for Hillary and not just against Trump.
She’s a woman. (I know. That’s obvious.)
But, when Bill lost re-election as governor of Arkansas, they really were broke. They had a baby, had to leave home (the Governor’s Mansion) and had no other, and had no income. She did what women all over the world do: whatever needed to be done: she arranged for child care; she got a job; she used the money she’d saved from her public service work and bought a modest house. The job she got paid the bills (and changed the direction she took) rather than being the job she wanted. Bill licked his wounds and toured Arkansas to find out why he lost.
I think it is part of the reason she has taken on women and children as her cause célèbre. Even though she’s a multimillionaire now, she’s been there (yes, with the advantage of two law degrees and the ability to work, but it’s still scary). She empathizes in a way few can. Plus, she’s a “get the job done” person.
Day 7 — My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than against Trump.
Hillary was a champion of The Office on Violence Against Women. Joe Biden was its originator, but it floundered for years and has had to be reinstated three times. As one of only two women in the Senate, Hillary worked with Biden to ensure its passage and to protect pieces of it that some Senators tried to take out.
It’s mission: The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Full disclosure: Bill Clinton signed the original bill. After a big fight, George W. Bush signed the first renewal. Barack Obama passed the third iteration.
Instead of trashing Trump, I am posting a daily positive reason to vote for Hillary. It is an education for me as well (I am looking for the reasons to be for her rather than against Trump.). I will do this every day until the election. This is day 2.
The Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, or AACF, is a non-profit advocacy organization that encourages public policy in Arkansas to benefit children and their families.
The AACF was founded in 1977 by attorney Hillary Rodham, as first lady to then Governor Bill Clinton, as a non-partisan group, and continues to be supported by a wide variety of individuals and organizations.
I intended to make a point about how she was bold and chose a “real” cause as first lady rather than flower gardens and parks as so many other first ladies did. I was wrong. Dolley Madison supported the Orphan Asylum; Mary Todd Lincoln supported an organization that helped freed slaves and injured soldiers; Lucy Hayes supported vets and Lou Henry Hoover invited African Americans to the White House to advocate for equal rights.
So, we have a long line of first ladies to be really proud of. But I remain happy that Hillary put a stake in the ground for women and children early on