When I was twelve, I spent a lot of time telling anyone who would listen that you were ranked as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America before even marrying Bill. You had a career before becoming Bill's wife, and if for any reason you ever decide not to still be his wife, you will continue to be successful.
Your work on the Nixon impeachment, children's rights, and public interest law continues to inspire me. Your early and continued commitment to civil rights and social change is inspiring. You reinforce to me that a commitment to a better world is sustainable and makes a difference. Thank you for that.
I obsessively rambled about how you were a Methodist, while Bill was a more conservative Baptist. This information about your religious beliefs caused my Cousin Brittany and I to go to a few Methodist churches in our hometown as we carried out our Great Church Search (an entirely different story). If it was good enough for you, my guess was it would be good enough for me.
My mother got tired of hearing me talk about you. She was more than a little disturbed when at thirteen I announced to her that I wanted to be you when I grew up. She said, you mean you want to be Bill. I knew then, just like I know now, that you are the smart one. I have always wanted to be the smart one. In that you have been a hero to me.
I have a single mother who struggled to support my brother and I. She worked hard and struggled to make it without a man to take care of her or her sons. I am so grateful that she is still alive to see a woman get as close as you have gotten to being a presidential nominee for a major political party. My mother loves you and probably cried when Obama passed the delegate threshold.
Your career has changed the landscape for women in this country for years to come, in spite of, not because of, media scrutiny of you. You were under a microscope as Bill's wife when he was running, when he was president and when you were running for president. I remember being disgusted as you were forced to develop a style that was more palatable to the American public and to temper yourself. Feminism was put back into its place with the way the media and pundits tried to put you back into yours. Your hair changes in those early years got more attention than your extremely liberal health care plan. Just like my mother and the other strong women in my life, you refused to be put into any box.
I am proud that I supported you. While I don't agree with all of your choices this campaign season, the best I can do is say to keep on fighting for a better world. I have no illusions that this is the end of your career. Great things are ahead.
Finally, if there is a next time, can we pick a better theme song?