I just now finished Hillary's book. Two things come to me: My mother once said, "The women's movement is America's gift to the world," the other is my belief that too many American men would reduce this country to a wasteland rather than grant full humanity to women, let alone allowing a woman to rule. Saying this would seem like extravagant nonsense, and exaggeration, if Donald Trump were not the very embodiment of patriarchal misogyny. Grabbing pussies, bleeding from her whatever, ugly Carly, nasty woman: what could be clearer? He hates women. And this man is our president.
Hillary Clinton herself has kept going when lesser women (ie, just about all of us) would have given up. Even Michelle Obama retreated, because as a black woman with two daughters to protect, it was just too much to ask of her to be bolder. She gave a great speech where she talked about how much the attacks on her and her family hurt. Like her and Hillary I take enormous pride in my family. But that is my private life. I can't imagine what it would be like to have enemies attacking them.
I am buoyed up by something a friend, Hank Chapin, said once, words to the effect that he thought our generation of women had done very well. And I guess, considering the odds against us, we have. Hillary is younger than me, and when she came along a lot of the spadework had been done by women a little older, opening up opportunities for her Boomer generation. I myself was blocked many many times and did not always have the nerve, the backing, whatever it took, to persist. But she persisted. And reading her story I felt some redemption for the life I've led.
I will start working on my review.