Watching History Up Close

On Tuesday June 7, 2016, at 9:00pm PDT, I broke my self-imposed “news fast” and watched CNN as Hillary Rodham Clinton become the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.

If you’ve been following 360Women, you may recall posts I’ve written about my grandmother (Grandmothers Rock) and the incredible, indelible mark she made on my life (Plot Twists in Port Charles).  She was one of the original suffragettes in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. She knew women were entitled to vote, that we were also entitled to run for government office, and died after eight decades of telling her daughters – and granddaughter – they could not only be successful and prosperous, but also be the President of the United States.

My grandmother would have loved to be alive today to watch history in the making, and would have been so proud that her only granddaughter is witnessing this momentous occasion.  But my heart tells me that, somehow, she knows exactly what’s happening now at least in part because of her early commitment to women’s rights.

I offer a congratulatory toast to all women of the United States of America – and to all who have come before us.

The day will come when man will recognize woman as his peer; not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” Susan B. Anthony

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Lee Ann Monfredini

Lee Ann Monfredini

Lee Ann Monfredini is the founder of 360Women and a life-long advocate of women’s issues, political activism, social volunteerism, organizational accountability and personal responsibility. A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in Non-Profit Management, she’s not only served on the boards and executive teams of some of the most respected health organizations in the Bay Area, but built a successful second career as one of the most respected realtors in the market. She can be reached at leeann@360women.net.

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  • I wonder: how many of us were watching this emotional moment with tears in our eyes? How many of us were texting our friends – women and men – all throughout the evening, sharing our thoughts, our joy and our excitement? How many of us wondered when the day would come? The day is here and nothing will ever be the same again. Thank you HRC!

  • My grandmother influenced me as well, and often reminded me that she won the right to vote during her adulthood. This is such a momentous occasion. I think many women in the US are absorbing the meaning of what has happened and what can happen in the future.

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