What would give you the strength to travel alone to Pakistan to meet with women who wanted to talk with you about feminism?
Now that Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox is officially 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.
Today, an appetizer from Jennifer Hall Lee’s essay:
As soon as I released my film in 2013, I received an invitation to screen it in Islamabad, Pakistan as a guest of the International Islamic University. Was I afraid to go? Yes. But after having lived through the 2008 presidential campaign, complete with its gendered rhetoric and undercurrent of dismissiveness of women. I knew how important it was for me to go. Hillary gave me the strength and I traveled alone.
I screened my film and spoke to an amazing group of Pakistani women who were in the midst of of shaping feminism in their own country and wanted to learn more about American feminism. Later, with several of these Pakistani women I went shopping in one of their open markets. I bought some beutiful fabrics, and as I took them in my arms, I remembered the dream and remembered that Hillary had also been to Pakistan.
The dream wasn’t about me personally. Nor was the 2008 campaign just about the loss of my preferred candidate. There was a bigger picture developing here, and it was an image of Americans connecting with women in faraway places from the symbolic power of a woman in the Oval Office in a way that can’t happen if we elect another man to the White House.
To read more of Jennifer’s essay about her experiences in Pakistan, pick up a copy of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an Amazon #1 New Release, from your local bookstore or preferred online bookseller.
Jennifer Hall Lee is a filmmaker and writer. Her recent film, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation” screens all over the world. She worked tirelessly as a volunteer on Hilalry’s 2008 campaign and the experience changed her forever.
Images courtesy of Jennifer Hall Lee