By: Minda Harts, Founder & CEO, The Memo
I remember the first time I had the opportunity to exercise my right to vote. It was the 2000 presidential election: Bush vs. Gore. I remember how excited and torn I was. I grew up in a conservative household, and up until that point the only issues I heard my parents talk about were moral ones. You know--hot topics like abortion and who should marry whom. I grew up thinking that Democrats couldn’t be Christians, because of “those” issues. Albeit, those issues are important, but they aren’t the only ones that matter.
I also heard adults say, “your vote doesn’t matter.”
These are the kind of close-minded thoughts that many of us have bought into.
That year, I decided to look at all the issues and find out which ones were most important to me. Additionally, I took a harder look at Women's Suffrage and Black Suffrage, and became convinced that my vote did, in fact, matter. Many people -- women and people of color, especially -- fought hard for this privilege, so it must be an important part of democracy.
This isn’t a ploy to get you to vote for one candidate over another. My hope is that you are encouraged to vote for the candidate that best aligns with your issues and/or values. As women, many of us care about equal pay for equal work, healthcare, and the future of our children or children we love. I encourage you to think about what type of country you want to leave behind.
What role do YOU want to play in the 2016 election? I hope that role equates to voting on Tuesday!
I don’t know about you, but this election has been stressful for me. I thought we could have some fun, and turn our attention to some fictitious elections.
Below are five election movies to help take your mind off of who will or won’t be our next President:
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004): You can’t lose with Denzel Washington as the lead.
- The Ides of March (2011): As I kept thinking about this election, the Ryan Gosling and Hillary Clinton memes from a few years ago had me in stitches.
- Bulworth (1998): This movie had a fun soundtrack as well. You might remember Ghetto Superstar.
- Game Change (2012): How can we ever forget the rise of Sarah Palin?
- The Campaign (2012): Nothing says a good laugh like Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
Regardless of what happens after November 8th, know that by voting you did your part for this wonderful country that we call The United States of America.