The Long Road to Saying “Yes” to Hillary

love her love her not the hillary paradox, hillary clinton book, hillary clintonWhat if you were born at a time when you never thought you’d see a woman president in your lifetime?

Now that Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox is official out in the book stores and online, and since many of the essayists are regular contributors here at The Broad Side, we thought we’d give our readers little bites of the essays through the month of November. If you like what you’re reading here from your favorite – or new- writers, please consider supporting us by purchasing a copy. Believe us, whether you ‘love Hillary or love her not’, there is plenty of thoughtful, fun and interesting writing here you won’t want to miss.

First up, a snippet from Leslie Bishop’s essay, “The Long Road to Yes:”

If, in 1966, someone had discussed the possibility of electing a woman to the White House, I probably would have assumed it would be me.  I was consumed by ambition on that hot June day in Wisconsin on the Ripon College library lawn when my B.A. in Psychology was conferred. I believed then that I would accomplish any goal I set for myself, including becoming president.

The truth was, there would have been no one in the vicinity who would have done much more than snort and sneak an incredulous look my way if I had expressed those thoughts out loud. 

When Hillary Clinton came along as a candidate, I wasn’t sure I could support someone whose agenda kept her with notoriously womanizing mate. As in all things, time healed that wound. Maybe it was because by 2008 I had lived enough of real life to understand the widespread imperfection of human beings. Maybe by then I understood that a person’s motive for seeking a goal was less important than what that person brings to the table.

And then, along came Barack Obama.

You can read the rest of Leslie’s essay and 27 others in Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an Amazon.com #1 New Release, and available from your local bookstore or preferred online bookseller.

Lezlie Bishop is a mixed-race woman in her early 70s who has fought racism her entire life.  After retiring from her corporate public relations position in 2000, Lezlie blogged on the now-defunct Open Salon and is a regular contributor to The Broad Side.  She is a co-author of the book Talking to the Wall and a contributor to a new book Love Her Love Her Not, The Hillary Paradox.

To read more of Lezlie’s blog posts, go to her personal blog, Senior Moments of Clarity.

Follow the conversations of the contributors of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox using the hashtag #hillaryparadoxbook.

Image via Wikimedia Commons/CC License/Sten Porse

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