The 2016 election countdown is quickly approaching and in less than one month a new President of the United States will be elected. By now, most of us recognize that there’s much more than the fate of a political party at stake. This election is about the future of the people who have and continue to be underrepresented throughout our systems but yet tend to be the most affected by laws and policies that threaten or undermine their well being.
As we all know, an important demographic within the Country will hold a pivotal role during this election. Women will will play a key role within this election representing 51% of the US population.
On August 6, 1965 The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, providing ALL women in the United States the ability to cast a ballot as full citizens — including women of color. Now, fifty-two years after women were fully granted the right to vote we are faced with perhaps the most unprecedented election in US history. Not only have millions of glass ceilings been shattered by the fact that we have the first woman ever to be nominated by a major party for the United States presidency, but at the same time we have seen a harsh reality of hatred, bigotry, disrespect, towards women through toxic rhetoric around sexual violence that has generated an instant wave of action for many of us .
As a millennial, an undocumented immigrant, a daughter of immigrants, a DREAMer, a first generation college graduate, a low-income student, and most of all as a young woman, this Presidential election has quickly become much more than a political stunt.
In leadership and in politics we frequently hear the notion of having “skin in the game” when decision-making. Ultimately I believe that this coming November 8, 2016 every single person in the US will have vital skin in the game for which they should account for.
As girls and women…. we have skin in the game.
As sisters, fathers, mothers, brothers, cousins, friends, grandparents, descendants of immigrants and as an entire nation we have skin in the game through the direct responsibility we hold upon the role models we aught to be for the coming generations of leaders across the country of all ethnic backgrounds, cultural differences, sexual orientations and genders.
We are in the midst of deciding the destiny of our nation by making the choice to improve the broken systems and needs of our communities across the country. We will have the opportunity to serve as pragmatic leaders who are ready to build a world where feminine people are empowered in their own right instead of being routinely harassed, discriminated against, and under-valued.
As a proud Mexican American I believe that the President of the United States should not only be a role model to the generations of tomorrow, but they should have effective plans and policy proposals to unify the people of the nation. A president should to have the ability to understand policies, laws, and most of all should have a composed and respectful moral character that stands on the foundation of inclusivity, diversity and respect for all.
As an advocate for low income, minority, first generation young women of color I stand for the wellbeing of all girls and women. I believe every individual holds a responsibility to support girls and women as they cultivate their own leadership potential and grow into the strong and powerful advocates they are meant to be.
On November 8th we hold the future of girls and women in the palm of our hands. Look at the issues, track records, and facts to hold candidates accountable for their demonstration of character or absence of it. Listen to their words and to the morals they stand true to. Remember that the rising leaders and the coming generations of this nation deserve the opportunity to thrive and lead through a country full of integrity, inclusiveness, respect and leadership for all.