Magazine article Newsweek

Why I See Myself in Hillary

Magazine article Newsweek

Why I See Myself in Hillary

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Byline: Deborah Millan

I'm for Hillary. When I pressed the lever for her in the New York primary, I did so with a flourish, feeling as though I would be part of an important victory for her. I've been on the roller-coaster ride that her wins, losses and wins have created, feeling by turns triumphant and despondent.

That said, when I'm in conversations with my friends and colleagues I tend to be somewhat defensive about my choice. I'm the daughter of working-class progressives who marched for social justice and peace as far back as the 1930s and as recently as two decades ago. While not as actively involved as my parents were in protest movements, I've done my share of demonstrating against war and for civil rights. I think I've lived my life hewing to the values they instilled in me.

So why did Hillary Clinton, who voted for launching the war against Iraq, and who perhaps does not represent a new day dawning for our nation as much as Barack Obama does, get my vote?

She and I are about the same age, an age when most women have become invisible to the rest of society. There she is: energetic, exuberant, attractive and feisty, capturing the world's attention as she wages an arduous campaign to achieve a historic first. There is a tangible pride that I feel in being of her sex and of her age.

But there's also a more personal reason. A little more than 10 years ago I heard her speak at Rockefeller University, in New York City, about the use of microfinancing in underdeveloped nations to help women pull themselves and their families out of poverty. …

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