Did you happen to see Maria Shriver’s endorsement of Presidential candidate, Barack Obama? I have seent it and it just kind of got to me. Not because she is supporting Obama, but because of the courage it took for her to stand up there and do what she felt she needed to do–especially after she said she would not endorse anyone just last week. She wasn’t even invited to the event. Nor did the organizer know she was coming. She woke up Sunday thinking about it, made her choice after a discussion with her daughter. They went to a horse show and then she felt compelled to be there on stage. She didn’t even change her clothes or put on makeup! That’s how bad she felt the need to be there.
It struck me how women are coming into their own after so many years of struggle. Maybe for the first time the media and others care what women think. Suddenly, their opinion has become very important. We’ve got our first female Speaker of the House, a woman is Secretary of State, the second women sits on the Supreme Court, 73 women in the house and 16 women in the Senate, there are 8 female governors, and a woman is running for President.
It seems like a such a time of empowerment. No longer are women in the shadow of their husbands.They are standing up on their own and people are taking note. I saw that in 2004 only 49% of single women and 61% of married women voted. Let’s hope many more women vote in 2008!
If you haven’t seen it and would like to, here it is: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/03/maria-shriver-in-surprise_n_84648.html