Women Who Make America Great
by Kiersten Hallie Krum
While we deliberately work to not politicize here as we write for all women (and men) of diverse cultures and political beliefs, it’s no secret that we here at Lady Smut are deeply emotionally affected by the results of this year’s presidential election. We had planned to do a whole day celebrating the anticipated first female POTUS of America, but we, as it turned out, wisely decided to wait for the results “just in case”.
Like other women who write romance, I’ve found it difficult to focus on writing about love after an election that cemented a large part of America supporting hate, and I had a similar difficulty when pondering what to write for today’s blog.
And then I thought, why not? Why not writer that post I’d had planned to contribute to our celebratory group blog post heralding a few of the woman who already make America great.
For our planned group post, I’d chosen to write about the enviable love story that is the marriage of FLOTUS and POTUS–Michelle and Barack Obama. A model couple to all extents and purposes. Not perfect; none are. But clearly two people not only continually in love with one another, but also who deeply respect one another and value each other’s accomplishments. Even under the eyes of the world, they make sure to carve out time for their relationship. Being bereft of inspiration to write romance (which, incidentally, is not a requirement. Inspiration, that is.) I sometimes think of our Couple in Chief and how fortunate we’ve been to watch their relationship play out.
Michelle Obama, it must be said, by her own right is a wonder of a woman. Her speech at the Democratic convention was nothing short of remarkable. She’s raised two outstanding daughters under the unkind eyes of a rabid media and sexist populace. She heralded the resounding call at the Democratic convention that became more and more apporpos the opposition got dirtier and dirtier: “When they go low, we go high!”
This month, Michelle Obama was featured in Vogue magazine with a photo spread by the great Annie Liebowitz. Already, haters have posted claiming she’s a sell out for doing such a glamorous portfolio. I say, why did it take this long to put these two together?
“Everything we do is by choice,” she will tell me. “I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”
—quote from Vogue magazine interview with Michelle Obama.
And let’s not forget her infinite cool factor, best embodied by her ride in the carpool karaoke
Michelle stands tall–statuesque–at the top of the heap, but she also stood side by side with Hillary Rodham Clinton in the push to election. She may have lost the election, but Hillary finished her run with the same class and example she exhibited throughout her campaign. Even in her concession speech, she urge disappointed voters to keep pressing on for change, to remain unified, and to work towards a better world.
“We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone — for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone. So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.”
— Latina Magazine (@Latina) November 9, 2016
“Our government is built on a system of checks and balances, and I will promise you this: I will be one hell of a check and balance on him,” she said during her victory speech on Wednesday. “Tonight we start our fight together… The diversity here is our strength and we will continue to be strong.”
“It’s not my voice I’m taking to Washington, it’s all of yours.”
–Senator-elect Catherine Cortez Mastro victory speech
Let’s not forget warrior Wendy Davis who tackled practically the entire establishment of Texas when serving as a state senator to fight Senate Bill 5, which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas women, in an eleven hour filibuster. While her run for governor of Texas was ultimately unsuccessful, I’d be very surprised if we didn’t see her making a push on the national level soon.
And last, but never least, Senator Elizabeth Warren, that battle-ax who kept chopping and chopping and chopping away at the Republican nominee’s every absurd tweet and ignorant statement. Elizabeth Warren takes no shit from anyone–man or woman, and especially not men like the one recently elected. She will be laser-focused on this administration and may even lead the charge in the 2020 elections.
“We will stand up to bigotry. No compromises ever on this one. We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, on African Americans, on women’s, on Muslims, on immigrants, on disabled Americans, on anyone….Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.”
–Elizabeth Warren at an AFL-CIO meeting last week
These are the women who already make America great. Right here. Right now. They are setting the bar into the stratosphere. As politicians, as advocates, as fighters, and as women they are leading the charge, a charge that we need now more than ever.
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Writer, singer, editor, traveler, tequila drinker, and cat herder, Kiersten Hallie Krum avoids pen names since keeping her multiple personalities straight is hard enough work. She writes smart, sharp, and sexy romantic suspense. Her debut romantic suspense novel, Wild on the Rocks, is now available. Visit her website at www.kierstenkrum.com and find her regularly over sharing on various social media via @kierstenkrum.