By Niraja Surendran
More than just a politician, Hillary Clinton is a loving mother, daughter, wife, and grandparent. After serving as the Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, Clinton was chosen as the Democratic nominee for President in this year’s election. Clinton’s nomination for the presidency is a huge step for feminists in the U.S., as it marks the first time that a woman has ever received this honor in our country. A century ago, women in the United States were prohibited from voting. Now, women are rapidly moving towards equality in all regards, with one woman – Hillary Clinton – only a step away from becoming President.
Oftentimes, people assume that feminists and woman in general only endorse Clinton because she is a woman. They overlook Clinton’s qualifications and experience, which both greatly exceed those of her opponent, Donald Trump. They overlook her history of commitment to serving women, children, and all Americans. They overlook her care and compassion, the motherly love that exudes from all of her policies and actions. As first lady, Clinton threw her support behind the creation of the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. As senator, she extended her first-lady efforts, co-sponsoring the 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and introducing the CARE Act.
If elected president, Clinton promises to break the barriers women face in the workforce and health care system. Some of her goals include closing the wage gap, fighting for paid leave, increasing minimum wage, making affordable healthcare a reality for families, and promoting women’s rights not only in the U.S. but also around the world. Many of these actions would not only benefit women but also just about every American, as Clinton strives to empower everyone, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status.
Some argue that Clinton is untrustworthy, claiming that she is unable to keep her word. But then again, has any president ever been completely “trustworthy”? Even if Clinton isn’t able to fulfill all of her promises one hundred percent of the time, we need to keep in mind that she is human, too. She’s not a psychic. She doesn’t have the ability to predict what will happen in the future, especially future events that may change her policies or impede with her plans. Hillary Clinton would never deceive her fellow Americans on purpose, as demonstrated by her recent decision to release her 2015 tax returns, which her Republican rival Donald Trump has yet to do despite being requested to do so by his colleagues, co-workers, and notable politicians and businessmen, including Warren Buffett.
Considering Hillary Clinton’s care, compassion, qualifications, and experience, I encourage all Americans – man and woman, young and old – to vote for Clinton this coming November. I have no doubt that she will serve her people with her unwavering commitment and kind heart. To learn more about Clinton and her campaign, visit http://www.hillaryclinton.com.