This post is just a brief follow-up to a comment by David to the Ay-O Way to go, Ohio post below. In it, he writes that while talking to an older woman colleague who has a granddaughter, “she started talking about how proud she is that she has a granddaughter who can play Little League, about how when she was a kid she was never allowed to play. And then she added: And now we could have a woman president, now that Hillary has won Texas and Ohio!” David then writes, “When I hear comments like these, I think I understand better why so many women support Hillary.”
Related to this, I wanted to share a story about something that happened to me and a four-year old girl of my very close acquaintance. I was out grocery shopping with her last week, and she was wearing a tee-shirt from the Henry Ford Museum that says, “FUTURE PRESIDENT” (see the image above–sorry it’s such a blurry photo. You can see a clearer image here.) Now, she doesn’t have long hair, and is often called “he” by people who don’t look beyond the haircut. But that day, despite also wearing a skirt on top of pink tights and shoes with pink and orange flowers on them, she was called “he” by three different people who noticed “him” or made a comment about “him.” I’d like to think it was just the short-hair mistake, but getting called “he” or “him” three times in twenty minutes suggests that it’s not just the haircut, but an avoidance of the category mistake that a “she” might be a “future president.”
This is an exciting time for Democrats, because whomever we select as our candidate will help enlarge our vision of who can be president, and what a president looks like. I think that’s one thing that unites all of us, whomever we support in the primary.