I was, and still am, a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter. I was bitterly disappointed that he didn't win the presidential nomination and stated numerous times that I would not vote for someone merely because she is a woman. However, in light of the rampant sexism that has been allowed to run unchecked throughout this election, I think it's important to speak out loud and clear. As much as I dislike many of her policies, Hillary Clinton has earned this honor, and I will vote for her. I will vote for her in spite of her being a politician in every sense of the word; I will vote for her because she has had to scramble her way uphill in a male dominated world; and I will vote for her in hope that, once in power, she may realize that politics doesn't have to be masculine, that women have a responsibility to feminize this dirty job and that she will be in a position to start that upward trend. And even if she doesn't live up to my hopes, she will pave the way for future generations of women to make real change in the world.
Bernie Sanders will still be in the midst of everything, fighting our important battles as he has always done, and holding Hillary to her promises. He understands what is at stake here and has thrown his support behind the candidate that has the most to offer us at this time for continuing change. Even if I like the alternative candidates, I have to recognize that they are newcomers in a very corrupt system and do not have a chance of winning. If they did win, they lack the experience that would enable them to work with the other corrupt politicians in office. Bernie, and Hillary, worked their way up from the bottom, and that's what it takes. People need to see what you've done, or even if they don't like what you've done, they get to see that you did something meaningful on the large scale of national or world politics.
Please go out and vote in this historic election. I will be voting for progressive candidates who will promote Bernie's good work and ideals. I will vote for representatives who will hold Hillary's feet to the fire and who will give us hope in the possibly dark days ahead. After much reflection, maybe more than in any other election, I will vote my conscience. I hope you will, too.