I’ve been saving this pink professional blazer outfit till after the election. I so wanted to save it to be a celebration of girl power. I, like so many other Americans, was so convinced that I would wake up this morning to find that we had elected the first female president – that my future, and the futures of women all over this country, now had endless possibilities. As we all know by now, that did not happen.
Y’all. We need to talk about that election. I know, I know, you’re officially sick to death of hearing about it and the last thing you want is for some random fashion blogger to start lecturing you about what happened / democracy as a general concept. But please: bear with me. I will keep this post as bipartisan as possible. For me, the concern is not about Republican vs. Democrat – after all, though I voted Democrat in this election, I identify as a Republican due to my belief in the founding ideals of the Republican party: fiscally conservative, small government with limited oversight, a far cry from the Tea Party-led party we see today. No, this is not about partisan lines: this is about who we are as a country.
What I’m Wearing:
Blazer: Ann Taylor, sold out (similar) / Top: Joie / Skirt: Warehouse / Shoes: similar
Purse: Zac Zac Posen (also via Rent the Runway) / Sunglasses: BP. (under $15!)
Earrings: BaubleBar / Ring: BaubleBar
I am concerned as a woman. As an aspiring businesswoman who wants nothing more than to be taken seriously in this world of men. Somebody who has had men tell her “it’s a good thing you’re pretty” when she disagreed with them. Somebody who time and time again has been marginalized by her peers, classmates, professors, and coworkers… just for being a woman.
This concern does not stem from Hillary losing the election. That was a disappointment, but not concerning. It wasn’t even caused by Trump winning, as I choose to believe that there are people out there who genuinely agreed with his policies (even though many of those policies are so far from my own beliefs) and did not vote for him out of hate or fear.
So then… why?
I’m concerned because my peers, classmates, and friends – both men and women – didn’t see why a presidential candidate talking about how he can touch women without their consent was such a big deal… More than simply “locker room talk”. Why, then, if/when male politicians – on either side – spoke out against that candidate’s actions, many stated that they were offended on behalf of the women in their lives. They were offended because they are husbands of wives, fathers of daughters, and sons of mothers.
Men should be offended as men. As members of the human race. As people who want to see equality truly become a reality… without fear that making everybody equal won’t somehow disadvantage those who formerly had an advantage.
I want to live in a country where men around me aren’t pushing me down out of fear that I’ll take their place. Where I don’t feel like, in order to be taken seriously by my male peers, I have to always be the smartest person in the room. Where men and women can work together towards a goal and merit will determine who is awarded – not gender.
This election showed us how divided we are as a nation. It brought our weaknesses to light. Instead of showing us how far we’ve come, it showed us how far we still have yet to go. I just hope that we can rise to the occasion.