To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
Hillary Clinton, concession speech today
To my own girls, along with all their peers in this jittery new world—where anxiety has crept at the seams for much of their young adult lives —all those weeping through the night of numbers: leave the vitriol for the angry white men. Their victory will be short-lived. Then they will need us.
Keep busy building planks for your sisters. Your toolkit is heavy enough-who has room for spears among the boots brought along just in case? Point out the storytellers with long braids telling tales of hidden women. Reach your arms around the city blocks, the turf, farms and deserts. Root out that barefoot bride with sticks on her head. That basket she carries is a magic well. Ideas jostle among the eggs. Reach in and pull one out and work it. Work it again. Find a big rock. Climb up, here, grab my hand. Speak up, speak out, speak through the wall of scorn. Smile at the stragglers, the tentative boys who shrug, okay sure, your way looks better than this old book of instructions anyway. Leave the rest in the swamp of grabbers and goons.
Use your boots and march on. Despair if need be, but stamp on apathy when you find it. Apathy is for losers.
Fighting for what’s right is worth it.
-Hillary Clinton, concession speech today
Make round things. Share the love and sugar.