• A Post-Election Open Letter To My Niece Liane

    To my dearest Liane, 

    Liane, when I think of the future, I think of you. You are the closest thing I have to a daughter right now, and I care about your future and the world you grow up in. Today is a very sad day for me and a lot of other people in this country. While you might be too young to understand some of the things happening in the world right now, it is my sincere hope that you become a socially conscious woman who cares about women’s rights and the rights of minorities, since you are both. 

    As your aunt and as a feminist, I believe I have to share my beliefs with you, because I love you and care about you, and your generation is the future. I know there’s a lot of apathetic people in our family. If you don’t know what apathetic means, look it up. But you cannot be that way. You must care. You must care for women. You must care for the oppressed. You must care for our beautiful planet. 

    For the next four years (at least) of your young life, the president of the United States will be Donald Trump. It breaks my heart that this is the man who will govern our country while you’re still growing up. I so wish it would’ve been Hillary Clinton, so I could tell you with full confidence, that if you work hard enough, you could be anything you want to be, including the President of the United States of America. To me, you are smarter, sharper and more incredible than any boy your age. I do believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, and that during your lifetime, an amazing woman will be the leader of the free world. I so wish it could’ve happened this year, because there’s also a little girl inside of me, trying to believe that she can be anything she wants to be. I know the world does a bad job of showing you this, but don’t ever believe that women are less than men. We are strong and powerful all on our own. The truth is, a woman like Hillary Clinton is what we want our little girls to become, but some people are too ignorant and dumb to accept that. Even women believe that women are not good enough, and that’s truly tragic. Women who don’t help other women succeed are the worst type of women. 

    My hope for you is that you always believe in yourself. I am so disheartened and disillusioned with people right now. I am angry. But I will find a silver lining in all of this, and my hope will return and my fight for equality will continue. We're lucky to live in a democratic country, where, every four years, a new guy gets a chance. Many countries don't have that, and for that, I am still grateful.

    Soon the old and ignorant people in Middle America will die, along with their old and ignorant points of view, and a better generation will take over. One that believes YOU, a little girl with Mexican parents, can be the leader of the free world.

    I love you so much my dear Liane. Please stay curious and kind. Accept people for who they are. Right wrongs. Fight for those who need fighting for. And don’t ever stop believing in yourself. 

    Love always, 

    Your aunt Laura