I’ve been outed! I’m a Clinton supporter. I must say that I did not throw myself immediately on the bandwagon. I had and have my doubts that she could win. There’s that whole Clinton thing, do we really want another Clinton in the White House?? Still I have to admit I like her style, and it is tantalizing to think of a woman in the White House at long last. Please take my photos with a grain of salt, I think we have to keep our sense of humor when talking politics.
However I have felt that I needed a better reason then gender to support Hillary Clinton. So here are my reasons for supporting her:
Providing affordable and accessible health care. Health care is a big issue for me. I have had sick parents. I have had sick babies. In the USA being sick can break you – it is statistically the number one reason for bankruptcy. I now live with my husband in Norway and here we have universal health care…a plan Clinton also supports in the US. Nearly 47 million Americans — including 9 million children — don’t have health insurance. America is ready for universal health care…nuff said!!
Women’s equality: Hillary’s statement in 1995 that “women’s rights are human rights” still echoes worldwide. Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades.
“Right now, too many people are struggling. Working the day shift, the night shift, trying to get by without health care, just one paycheck away from losing their homes. They cannot afford four more years of a president who just doesn’t see or hear them.” (Hillary Clinton)Today, despite the progress women have made, they earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn — and women of color earn even less. Hillary is involved in the struggle to strengthen equal pay laws and end pay disparities between men and women. She introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen the penalties associated with wage discrimination.
When it comes to each woman’s ability to make the most personal of life decisions, Hillary has stood firm as an advocate for a woman’s right to choose abortion. She has expanded access to family planning services, including for low-income women. I would like to add that “family planning” and access to birth control is abortion prevention…as in pregnancy prevention. Having the right to choose when to have children is essential to women being able receive a full education and share equally in a competitive market
Hillary has worked to empower women throughout the world, especially low-income women. She has advocated for access to microfinance programs that enable women to start their own businesses.
“Women account for 70 percent of the world’s people who live in absolute poverty. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, and yet earn only 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s property.” (www.worldrevolution.org)
I almost feel like in 2008 we have achieved our goals as women, that the fight is over…but its not. The scales are still not balanced, although they are doing better in the Scandinavian countries. Worldwide half the population (if you agree that women and men are around 50/50) own just 1% of the worlds property…just 1%….just 1%…that statistic is so profound that I can’t quite say it enough.