Yesterday I had my weekly check in with my book publisher. On a side note, it takes FOREVER to get a book published. I submitted the manuscript almost 6 mos ago and it is just now in the type setting phase.
Anyway, I digress. My book publisher is a phone guy, not an email guy. I think it is a generational thing. He still has a secretary who takes notes for him on one of those to/from pads with triplicate copies I bet. But when I called yesterday, he wanted to chat. I am guessing because of what is happening right now in the world of politics and the target audience of my book.
He started off by saying that he has always felt that women were equal to men and used the example of asking his wife her opinion on things. He said this was hard for her at first because in that time she was supposed to follow her husband’s lead not decide things on her own. He called this “his gift to her.”
I shared that I grew up a very conservative, Southern Baptist small town in North Carolina. My dad complained about my “liberal views” after going away to college. But you see, those views were already there. How do I know? When cleaning out my parent’s house in the late 1990s I found 2 things that cemented the fact that I did not fit into small town NC.
- My 4th grade formal writing letter written to Ronald Reagan.
In my best 4th grade cursive, I explained that he needed to create more jobs for people and that he was welcome to come to my house for dinner to discuss ways to make this happen. Spoiler: he did not come to dinner to hear my ideas.
2. The biography of Geraldine Ferraro.
So, sorry dad. I think my liberal views were there way before UNC Chapel Hill corrupted my brain.
My friend Rachel Ruvo posted a super cute video last night from the Democratic National Convention with this caption:
Powerful! Don’t just tell your daughters that women can grow up to be whatever they want to be, tell your sons that women can grow up to be whatever they want to be too. #imwithher #momtofourfuturewomen #soapboxmoment
So true. We often focus on empowering girls, but we also need to do what my book publisher’s parents did for him. Teach our boys that girls are their equal.
Regardless of how you feel about the upcoming election, the fact that a woman could be president is pretty damn amazing. Samantha or your daughter could be next.