Hillary Clinton recognizes the importance of young, female voters, and she’s speaking directly to them in a new essay.
Published Monday morning on Refinery29, Clinton addressed American women to let them know that their voices and struggles will not be ignored. Given that the presidential election is just three months away, that women made up 53 percent of the electorate in 2012, and that her opponent is misogyny personified, it makes sense that Clinton would reach out to women voters specifically.
In the essay, Clinton described multiple women ― like domestic violence survivor Maxine and #EndRevengePorn creator Chrissy Chambers ― she’s met on the campaign trail who have galvanized her more than ever to fight for women’s rights.
“That impulse to do something when you see injustice — or experience it yourself — is something most women can relate to,” Clinton wrote.
“Just as Chrissy, Astrid and Max are waging their own fights today, young women all over this country know that the issues we’re fighting for in this campaign – from alleviating student loan debt, to preserving access to Planned Parenthood and abortion services, to fighting for equal pay and paid leave ― are not theoretical,” she wrote.
These are “real fights that matter to [women’s] lives,” Clinton wrote, citing just a few of the struggles that many American women face every day, driving home the point that she “sees” the women who struggle:
So, I want you to know that I see you.
I see you making the drive to a clinic 200 miles away.
I see you dropping your daughter off at daycare so you can make it to class on time.
I see you making the case to your boss for a long-overdue raise, even though you may worry about speaking up for what you deserve.
I see the difference you’re making in the world, in your own lives, and in the lives of the people you love.
And if I have the opportunity, I’ll do whatever I can to make things a little easier for you.
Just because you can and do wage these fights doesn’t mean you should have to.
Women voters, especially young women voters, are used to having their views dismissed. (Remember “Beyoncé voters,” everyone?) But in this election, their support will likely prove to be key.
Head over to Refinery29 to read the rest of Clinton’s essay.