And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
It has taken me a week to finally watch Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. What can I say? I just wasn’t ready. Political views and personal opinions aside, there was something deeply disheartening about watching another woman dare to set her high heel on uncharted territory and fall just short of success.
While this may have been the end of her campaign, I have faith that her courageous dreams to be the first female president of the United States will spark inspiration in the minds of precocious little girls and strong-willed women alike for years to come. I have faith that the future is female…
No matter how much time I spend in Toronto and no matter where I’m headed next, I will always look at the United States as home. It’s where I grew up from very early childhood to the start of my young adulthood.
Even though I’m away, I still find myself deeply drawn to American culture and politics. This 2016 election has been a whirlwind of emotions. There was something really exciting about the prospect of the place where I grew up having its first female president. While things didn’t turn out how I might have hoped, I’m excited to see what ripple effect her willingness to dream will have on other women daring to dream as well.
There are so many strong, intelligent, powerful, creative women out there. Women in science and math. Women in art. Women in policy-making. Women who are going to change, and maybe even save, the world. Even in Toronto, in my corner of the world, I see women with a new kind of hunger. A kind of drive that demands to be heard, seen, and felt.
Sometimes I get down but ultimately I believe the future is bright. I think the future is optimistic, exciting, and undoubtedly female.
Jacket by Alexander Wang
Dress by H&M
Boots by Public Desire