No matter who you plan to vote for in the presidential election this year, one thing is clear; having a female presidential nominee is pretty awesome. Thinking back on the last 40 years, I’m proud of the women who came before me. Those who stood up for women everywhere to ensure that I could own a business and a woman could be voted into the White House.
Even though it could be said that at this point we have shattered the glass ceiling, I would agree with our amazing cover woman, Gretchen Whitmer, who says that we still have more work to do. I’m an optimistic kind of gal and I do believe that some of the last remaining barriers will crumble in my lifetime, but it’s only possible if we push forward.
I have known Gretchen for some time and when we first met, I remembered asking her why she puts herself through the craziness of running for public office. She said she believes in giving women representation and a voice. It’s important. Now, that doesn’t mean that running for office is easy or that she likes every part of it, but “service above self” means more.
I do believe that more qualified, intelligent people would run for office and give us a balanced legislative contingency if it were not viewed as an opportunity to pick people apart. Why do we do this? We all know that no one is perfect and I always like to say that no one looks good under a microscope. Yet, it seems we work diligently to dissuade people from public office.
Luckily for us, there are still those who are willing to endure in order to make a difference. If you’ve ever considered running for office, there are many opportunities to serve and classes that will give you a framework for how the election process works. After all, Gretchen is right; we need more women in policy positions.
As a business owner, I’m not a fan of additional regulations for small enterprises to deal with but I’m particularly disturbed by the remaining inequality in women’s pay. My hope is that there will be a resolution to this and other inequalities very soon. It’s time to change a few things. I’m sure we are capable of doing that.
We dedicate this issue, “She Means Business,” to all the capital area women who are working hard everyday to make a difference in our community. I personally appreciate your love for Lansing. I have a crush on this city too.