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Let’s face it. The identity politics that was so glowing and triumphant when Obama got elected has, eight years later, gnarled into a political dynamic about as joyous as waterboarding.

This transmogrification (and the simultaneous rebirth of America’s long-lost class consciousness) has masked the fact that identity politics still exists because it’s still relevant. It’s not fun, or charming, and especially when it comes to gender, it leads to an inordinate amount of bitter, personal divisiveness.  Like most other women in this country (and around the world) I am as thrilled to be electing the first woman president as I am eager for this merciless election to be over.

But there’s something that happened this week that made me realize just how wonderful it is to be voting for Hillary Clinton for president. I’ve been a 350.org organizer in Colorado and I generally agree with everything Bill McKibben says – except for this week. This week, McKibben, who has to be a professional optimist despite overwhelming odds, said that electing Hillary Clinton isn’t going to do anything for the climate movement. This I have heard repeated by angry non-participants or frustrated Sanderistsas about a number of other policy areas – but they’re wrong. Clinton may not have much value as a corporate Democrat, but she has almost atomic value because she’s a woman.

Regardless of Clinton’s future performance as a policymaker, having a female President is going to be a seismic shift in consciousness for this country. The impact of having visible female leadership – the most visible leader in the world – for four or eight years is going to dramatically shift the ground under American politics (and society.)

More women will indeed run for office because of her, and more women will take leadership positions in their organizations, their lives, their companies. Clinton knows this, and has said often in interviews that she is running so that women who come after her can see what is possible. We all learn by example – that is the basic nature of human identity. The election of Clinton as president will lead to the empowerment of millions of women, some in the subtlest of ways, because of sheer symbolism.

And what could our world possibly need more than millions of empowered women? All the traits required to transform our brutal, mechanistic, and terminally-ill society – empathy, compassion, self-sacrifice, service, kindness, connectedness – are just those traits that women have for so long been told disqualify them from leadership. Whether Hillary Clinton herself exemplifies these traits does not matter – although it’s a miracle that she, a Democrat from suburban Chicago, got there before a Margaret Thatcher conservative. What matters is that more women will be leading – in the environmental movement, in education, in business, and elsewhere. That will change everything.

We have two weekends left to campaign in Philadelphia – please come knock on doors or make phone calls if you haven’t already.

You can sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVbjZqPCoAJ3D0YFOHRvwHAZ2rctH9op3c_8s2f35MKSS5jA/viewform?c=0&w=1&fbzx=5286215603111178000

For questions, please call organizer Zach Taylor at 404- 862-0200 or email ztaylor@paforvictory2016.com.And let me know when you are coming so I will be there!

Here are the shifts:

Saturday, October 29th

9am-12pm

12pm-3pm

3pm-6pm

6pm-9pm

 

Sunday, October 30th

9am-12pm

12pm-3pm

3pm-6pm

6pm-9pm

 

Saturday, November 5th

9am-12pm

12pm-3pm

3pm-6pm

6pm-9pm

 

Sunday, November 6th

9am-12pm

12pm-3pm

3pm-6pm

6pm-9pm

 

Monday, November 7th

9am-12pm

12pm-3pm

3pm-6pm

6pm-9pm

 

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 8th

8am-11am

11am-2pm

2pm-5pm

5pm-8pm

 

 

 

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One thought on “Thank God: for once, Bill McKibben is wrong!

  1. Thanks Hannah for all the work you’re doing to GOTV in a crucial swing state. I very much look forward to some much needed relief from the patriarchic grip on the presidency. As a member of the male species I’m frankly tired of my own kind. I hope you’re right that a female president will ripple far and wide into our collective consciousness.

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