Seeing Hillary Clinton reminded me why women shouldn’t get over it

Its painful to recall that the worlds dumbest man was elected over a most qualified woman, but hope is a danger for the right

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This week, I got to see Hillary Clinton speak to a crowd of 600 girls when she made an appearance at the women-only social club the Wing. It was strange to watch this brilliant, knowledgeable woman and know that she could have been our chairman right now. It was painful, actually. And I wasn’t the only one who felt it- women in the room were openly shedding tears as she spoke. Ensure her was a reminder to many, I guess, that we’ve induced so little progress that the world’s dumbest and most awful human could win the presidency over the world’s most qualified woman.

But somehow getting to listen to her talk in a room with only girls also made me hopeful. So often girls are told to keep quiet and get over it- even Clinton, who has been harangued by rightwing media and told to disappear even as they talk about her nearly every day. For a few minutes, we got to be sad together without anyone telling us to suck it up. By the time we left, though, we were angry and inspired- a far more dangerous combining for the right.

Glass half full

Sometimes, people stimulate the correct decision.

What I’m RTing

b-boy bouiebaisse (@ jbouie)

i was told by the new york periods human that it was ” only a tweet” https :// 2q3xPIesio

April 5, 2018

Sarah Lerner (@ SarahLerner)

” Would[ Kevin Williamson’s] ideas hurt ?” WkyMk3Hyk 2

April 6, 2018

Nicole Cliffe (@ Nicole_Cliffe)

I apologize for taking the idea I should be hanged so personally, when clearly for some reason I was expected not to.

April 5, 2018

Lydia Polgreen (@ lpolgreen)

When people tell you who they are, believe them.

April 5, 2018

Who I’m reading

Luke O’Brien on the real identity of one of the alt-right’s most infamous online figures; Allie Jones with a fantastic and soothing profile of Busy Phillips; and Bryce Covert on the Alabama teachers ten-strike .

What I’m writing

Things I never believed I would have to write: why” hanging girls” isn’t a view fit for the public debate.

How outraged I am

There must be something in the water. The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Idaho says that abortion rates would go down if we just punished women who get them with the capital punishment. On a scale of one to 10, I’m largely tired.

How I’m making it through this week

Listening to Cecile Richards talking here her book, on one of my favorite podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend.

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