Nasty Women, We Made It

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By Jillian Stacia

It’s officially Election Day. We survived. We made it through. The dog days are over.

Over the past year, I think I’ve felt every emotion under the sun: pure joy, uncontrollable anger, harrowing sadness, endless frustration. I’ve been like a pinball, bouncing around from emotion to emotion.

It’s safe to say that this election will go down in history as the time America had a midlife crisis. It was absolutely nuts. You know you’ve got a problem when you can’t tell the difference between SNL and real life Presidential Debates.

But despite the horror that it produced, I’m sitting here at the finish line, and all I can feel is an enormous amount of pride.

We did it. We faced the worst that America has to offer, and we came out on the other side. We were confronted with racism and sexism and bigotry, and we responded with class and dignity. We responded with love. We proved that there is still so much good left in America, and I will forever be proud of that.

I am proud of the young people who registered to vote for the first time, who really took the time to educate themselves and become involved in the election.

I’m proud of the Bernie fans that were able to swallow their pride and show up at the polls for a candidate they specifically choose. I’m proud that they were able to put their preferences aside and do the right thing.

I’m proud of the individuals who took the time to write down their feelings, to make art, to speak up, to add a piece of love and kindness to this world.

I’m proud of Republicans who voted against party lines despite the fact that they will receive major flack for doing so.

I’m proud of the countless conservative publications that endorsed a Democrat as their nominee for the first time.

I’m proud of all the conversations we’ve had around the dinner table, all the Instagram photos and Facebook posts, all the arguments we’ve gotten into with our relatives. I’m proud that we were willing to take a stand for something greater than ourselves.

I’m insanely proud of Hillary Clinton. I’m proud that she managed to remain the epitome of grace and poise while competing against the lowest of the low. I’m proud that she continued to conduct herself with dignity, that she never got down in the mud, that she continued to go high until the very end.

And I’m proud of women everywhere. Women who came together and said enough is enough. Women who stood up for what they believed in. Women that refused to be bullied and objectified.

I’m proud of the way we behaved this election. I’m proud of the grace and the humility and the passion that was on display. Yes, America showed some of its ugly parts. There’s a lot to be embarrassed about. There’s a lot that needs to be addressed. But, goddamn, did we come together when it mattered most. We gathered and circled and showed up for one another during the most frightening time in recent history. That’s something to be proud of.

No matter what happens in this election, we can stand with our heads held high, knowing that when America was at a crossroads, we picked a side. We were not plowed over by fear and hatred and paranoia. We stood tall. We didn’t break. That’s the America I know and love. That’s the America I’m proud of.


Jillian is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click here.

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2 thoughts on “Nasty Women, We Made It

  1. hocuspocus13 says:

    AMERICANISM vs GLOBALISM

    This November 8th is about just that

    The America you want to leave for your children and grandchildren

    Trump = Americanism so that America and the American people can keep their sovereignty and freedoms

    Hillary = Globalism where it will put America and the American people under a one world government

    Fact Check:
    George Soros Hillary’s top money man

    Fact Check:
    Senator Robert Byrd Hillary Clinton’s mentor

    Hillary Clinton destroyed 33,000 emails under subpoena if you did that you would be arrested and thrown in jail

    What a thing to teach our children and grandchildren

    That it makes a difference who you are for the laws of the land to apply to you

    Like

  2. Cheryl HOOK says:

    You cannot stop the river of progress which is flowing towards globalism. The world is shrinking via the internet and we must all learn to play nice.

    Like

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