Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

On the eve of Election Day 2016, I’m in awe of the realization we may have our very first female president of the United States. My eyes are wide open to what this means for girls and women today and for generations to come.

And while I realize a win is not assured and results are over 24 hours away, my eyes are wide open to what this moment means for our country.

My eyes are wide open to a movement hundreds of years in the making. I see the timeless work of trailblazers like Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony coming to fruition.

I watch as the marginalized make their way to their rightful places at the political tables from which they were once denied a place to sit.

Little girls can’t be what they can’t see, and I behold little girls’ dreams expanding to include the new aspiration of being our country’s president.

My eyes are wide open to the cross-gender support for our first female presidential candidate. My gaze falls upon men of every age, race, religion, and sexual orientation, working diligently alongside women to make this moment in history a reality.

I imagine old doors closing as a woman is openly embraced and entrusted with this position of leadership. I see doors slamming in the faces of inequality, misogyny, and patriarchy.

I envision the gag of fear and intimidation being ripped from women’s mouths as they find strength in their own voices, allowing their whispers to become roars.

I recognize newfound pride as heads rise up and shoulders straighten, the emboldened steps of women leaving their marks in the sand of time.

I discern a renewed hope in humanity as glass ceilings are shattered and the sky literally becomes the limit for our daughters.

Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, my eyes and the eyes of women young and old have been opened. We see the page turning, the pen is to paper, as perhaps, just perhaps, a new chapter in American history is about to be written.

 

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