27 Jul As the news broke today I thought … She’s a fighter..
Some people say to me “Est, how do you keep going? How after setbacks and knock backs do manage to pick yourself up and keep going?”
Well I guess I take strength from other people. See what they’ve gone through, see what others are dealing with, from family illness to financial setback, divorce to ugly walkouts, child abuse to child custody. And I’ve worked to support a lot of women going through such traumatic times. And do you know what? They’ve got through it. Bruised and battered at the time, but stronger and bolder at the end. More often than not afterwards they are supporting others in similar situations. They’ve turned their negative into a positive and are helping others.
And that’s why when I switched on the radio this morning I thought “God bless her she’s a fighter”
Whatever your politics, whatever you think of Hillary Clinton, the woman is a phenomenon…..
She’s had a legal career, has a political one, is a mother, a supportive wife, spent 2 terms as America’s First Lady and, whilst there, was considered, after Eleanor Roosevelt, the most openly empowered presidential wife in history. She has had health scares, notably the blood clot near her brain 3 years ago (so as not to downplay it here is the correct title, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis). She has stood by her man despite what she might have said in the past about Tammy Wynette’s stance on this, through the very public 1998 Lewinsky affair (who I got to interview in 1999). She stood for the presidency in 2009 and didn’t make it. Yet despite her put downs and set backs she has stood back up and carried on.
And should she win the election she will be 69, one of the oldest ever Presidents of the USA (Ronald Reagan holds this title when he became president aged 69 in 1980). That too will bring with it another hurdle.
So last night when she made history to become the first female standard-bearer of a major political party in the USA, I cheered.
Her message which I hope will resonate with girls, women and mums up and down the country:
“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch,” she said, “let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”