Letter to the editor: Time for our candidates to better reflect our population

We need more women in politics — today!
I am the proud father of two teenage girls — emerging into a very messy world.
While often I worry about the world that they will grow into, the other night I saw an amazing glimmer of hope that I feel compelled to share. My oldest daughter Anna is 18 and doing a gap year before heading off to college. She has always been political and interested in social justice. She is very fortunate to be interning with Ruth Hardy, who is running for Vermont State Senate for Addison County. Ruth is also the director of a great organization called Emerge Vermont, which is dedicated to helping women succeed in politics.
The other night Anna worked with Ruth Hardy to celebrate Emerge’s anniversary. The event was attended by about 30 of the most influential women in state politics including former Gov. Madeleine Kunin and candidate for governor Christine Hallquist. Anna mingled with these powerful women, all supporting one another on their journey in state politics, with incredible passion and ability to guide our community and the community at large to a better place.
My daughter came home totally excited and empowered. Thrilled to have “literally shared Madeline Kunin’s birthday cake,” and more importantly to be part of a group of incredible, impactful, political women. That alone made me proud and happy; but given what is happening in Washington these days it was a bright star in an otherwise depressing sea of old white men hunkering down and protecting their power.
This country has been run by old white men for far too long. It is time for them to step aside (or be pushed aside) and for our representatives to become truly representative of the entire population. If this country is going to move forward to better, healthier, more unified times we will have to do so together … with all the great diversity that this country is known for. It is time for women and minorities to emerge. It is time for all of us (including men of all ages) to support great women like Ruth Hardy and Christine Hallquist and thousands of others across this country during the upcoming election. Take a stand not just for the women in your life, but for ALL people of this land, who need their wisdom and leadership.
Dan Browdy

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