Let’s face it: Hillary Clinton is a nerd.
She’s a policy wonk. She’s smart and knowledgeable. She’s ambitious. In school, she studied hard and got good grades. She started clubs. Does this sound like anyone you know?
Maybe we are talking about Hermione (who happens to have grown up to become Minister for Magic). But we could also be talking about so many other female heroes who have been discounted, disrespected, and held to completely different standards than their male colleagues; heroines who have had to work twice as hard and be twice as smart, just to have a voice at the table.
Fandom teaches us that representation is important. It is important that the characters in the stories we love reflect the diversity of the society in which we live. That’s part of why we love and value characters like Rey and Leia, Commander Uhura, Daenerys and Arya, Zoë Washburne, Katniss Everdeen, Ms. Marvel, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl, and so many more.
And while representation in the media is important, it is equally if not more essential that we have representative leadership in our elected officials. Electing our first female president? That’s a pretty good place to start. If we’re committed to disrupting existing power structures and fighting actively against the sexism and misogyny of a patriarchal culture, then we cannot excuse ourselves from this round of battle.
All of our heroes are flawed in some way. Like every leader before her, Hillary is not a perfect human, a perfect candidate, or a deus ex machina poised to unsnarl every conflict before the credits roll. But she is intelligent. She is tenacious. She is respectful and empathic. She is humble enough to listen and to learn from her constituents, and to evolve her positions in order to best represent the inclusive, progressive movement she has dedicated her life to serving. Intelligence, dedication, and empathy: these are the qualities that we need in a leader.
Donald Trump is no leader. He is a cartoon supervillain: an entitled egotist who has ascended to power by sowing hate, promoting exclusivity, and capitalizing upon fear. Though it seems unlikely, his candidacy is classified as non-fiction.
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