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Why it must be hard for Hillary to concede

Categories: Uncategorized, moms in the news, politics

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clinton.jpgI’m coming to terms with the fact that Hillary Clinton will not be our nation’s Democratic candidate for president. It’s as clear as day - Obama’s it. But I can see why Hillary has not fully conceded yet. For any working mom, especially those who are of a different generation, one that had to overcome gender barriers and issues that my generation will never know, it must be difficult to throw in the towel.

As much as I wanted it and needed it, it was difficult for me to give up the corporate world for a freer, more flexible lifestyle. And I’d only been working for 10 years. I can’t imagine what it’d be like to have been the first student to have given the commencement address for her class at Wellesley, or been the first female partner at a big law firm. I’m sure Ms. Clinton gave up a lot in her life to get where she’s at today, and so why should she be asked to give up more now, on somone else’s terms, after fighting so hard?

In order to be a working mom, you must give up a lot. (Don’t tell me you can do it all, because I don’t buy it.) And all things considered, Hillary won’t be giving up too much, considering she’ll still have a great job in the Senate waiting for her if her goal of the oval office is fully derailed. (Yes, I’m still holding out hope that she’ll be Obama’s VP.) But, as Punditmom says, “I suspect Hillary will find a way to have a bigger moment sometime in the next few days before she steps off the presidential stage.”

Hillary wants her big moment. Heck, we all want our big moment before we decide to make career-altering, life-changing decision. I may have wanted a big going away party when I left my job. Hillary may want more after such a tough and grueling campaign. Too often, we as women and mothers do not have the opportunity to make decisions about our careers on our own terms. So that’s why I’m okay with the fact that Hillary hasn’t conceded yet. She isn’t quite ready and wants to exit her own way. And as such, we should support her decision.

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  • I totally agree! Some of us, esp HRC, have earned the right to plan our exit strategy.

    Veronica  |  June 9th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

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