July 31, 2016
Day 100: Her-Story
If you’re just now picking this up, you might wish to read Day 101, where I introduce this series and provide context as we march inevitably toward the American general election in November.
Briefly, we are now just 100 days away from the next American election, and we’re seeking to find what I am calling “Un-Common Ground”—a liminal space where reasonable people ought to be willing to compromise and agree upon particular ideas and actions. And I have established that a special interest of mine is the intersection of this election with a remarkable cascade of cultural paradigm shifts and their impact upon the evangelical church.
In yesterday’s post, I outlined a few points of exploration; today let’s tackle one of those points from the first post:
- The “glass ceiling” of the equal pay movement coupled with a new sensitivity and woman-centered understanding of sexual harassment and assault (think Fox News’ Roger Ailes).
Her-Story is Suddenly Every Girl’s Possibility
I mean this most sincerely and deliberately: *everyone*—yes, every one, including you, dear reader—should pause and reflect for just a moment on the historic nature of the nomination of a woman for President of the United States. If you’re very conservative and associate the Democratic nominee with Lucifer as Ben Carson does, please do yourself a favor and consider what it might have meant to you if, say, Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin—or even Carly Fiorina in this recent election cycle—had been so nominated.
As the father of a young woman who recently graduated with her doctoral degree and has just started a new career and a great job as a physical thereapist, I remember very well when she was much younger and we would have those conversations where I might say, “You can be anything you want to be …,” and then silently and desperately hope I was right. Now every little girl will know that she has the capacity to become our President.
Be ye Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green or Libertarian, the nomination of the first American woman for President is a historic, watershed moment. It is also a sober reminder that our innate sense of exceptionalism sometimes betrays less than exceptional performance on the world stage. In the modern political era, Sri Lanka elected the first female head of state … in 1960, and there have been well over 70 women elected around the world since then.
When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.
Finally, in this 2016 election, the sky is the new limit for American women.
Tomorrow, we’ll consider at least one flavor of evangelical response to a woman’s nomination as President—and it isn’t just because that woman is named “Hillary”.