Dear Reader, I started writing this post on Monday 7th November 2016. On the morning of Wednesday 9th November 2016, my finger hovered over the trash button but something told me that this was an important thread to follow through. So because this is a fantasy bake, I publish these words with sincere personal sadness.
In the spirit of being hopeful, I began drafting this Monday post last Monday, almost immediately after publishing my post on Barack Obama. To be honest, I think that I needed the distraction and needed to channel some positive energy back into my world.
So it will come as no surprise that I am thrilled to be baking this fantasy cake for President Hillary Clinton, 45th President of the United States and that country’s first ever female leader.
This is what I want to talk about.
No more politics, no more rhetoric, shouting, or negativity, just a celebration of this one very simple, but remarkable fact.
Hillary Clinton was accused of ‘playing the woman card’, by her opponent. How very dare she. Women (and those who identify as women) make up probably a roughly calculated half of the global population. Women’s rights should not be an issue, but sadly they still are. There is still a significant pay gap and disparity in opportunity between the sexes and, admit it or not, we live in a rape culture where a victim can be blamed for the length of her skirt and convicted rapist released within weeks – wouldn’t want to ruin their lives, right? Talking about groping women is OK if it’s just banter.
These things make me angry. What can I do about it? I can speak up, I can encourage all of the girls that I meet to be everything that they want to be, and I can vote for those who support a woman’s right to choose – her career, her family, her body, her rules.
That Hillary Clinton even ran as the very first female candidate for a mainstream political party in the US, in 2016 is long overdue history in the making. As President, my hope is not only that she will continue Barack Obama’s advocacy for equal rights and opportunities for women but that every little girl in America and around the world will be able to look far beyond the glass ceiling.