Dear Hillary,

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Dear Senator Clinton,

Thank you.

Thank you for everything you have done for me, countless other women and others across the country.  This was the first presidential election that I have ever voted in.  While I supported President Obama and his policies, I didn't feel the drive to vote.  I was an idiot.  I will never take that right for granted again in my life, as I now know how important my right to vote is and the significance of all of the women before me who have died for me to have this right.  I will never not vote again, and I'm proud to have cast my first official vote for President for a woman.

I'm a proud feminist, and have been my whole life.  When boys in grade school would tell me that girls couldn't do things or that I was less than they were, I stood up to them.   I always dreamed about the first female candidate for president and when former President Bill Clinton was in office, I think we all knew it would be you.  You are a pillar of strength for all of us, and you have been so many firsts.

While I, as well as the rest of the country, watched the election results with bated breath, my heart sank.  It became clear that we still have such a long way to go.  But we are here, and we are further now because of you.  You have broken that enormous barrier now, and every woman who will come after you can get farther now because of you.  My niece will now grow up in a world where a woman can be a Presidential candidate, and no man can ever tell her that she can't run for President.  You have given us that gift.

I cried over your loss, as I'm sure you have, and it does not make us any less strong.  After mourning, I picked myself up as I'm sure you did, and vowed to be a better woman.  I vowed to be stronger and stand stronger with my fellow women and minorities.  I will be a better ally for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with disabilities.  I will use my voice for those that feel they are not being heard and I will help build strength and confidence in those who feel they have none.  You should have been our President, and we will never let the world forget that.

Thank you, Hillary.  You have lit a fire in me.

Sincerely, and with great love,
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