I had a book to review for today, but I put it aside. This was a sad day for me and the book I was going to review was not important.

What was important to me was that, once again, a very capable woman was defeated in her run to become the President of the United States. Elizabeth Warren is an inspiration for me, and I had really hoped she might be President. I admire how well-spoken she is, how smart she is, how she wears her heart on her sleeve. I want desperately to live in a world where Elizabeth Warren could be the President of the United States, where a woman could be the leader of the so-called free world. But, to me, it isn’t a free world as long as it seems reasonable to say, “A woman will never beat Trump.” It isn’t a free world as long as being a woman is an immediate strike against you in an election. It isn’t a free world as long as the only people running to be the “Leader of the Free World” are old, white, cisgender males. Any of those 3 old white guys can say whatever they want, but as long as it’s only one of them running for President it’s “same old, same old”.

Perhaps, as a Canadian, who the President of the United States is shouldn’t matter to me – but I want to live in a free world.

So I’ve pulled a different book off the shelf to read. It’s This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class. It’s written by Elizabeth Warren.

She won’t be President of the United States, but she probably will not stop fighting, and I’d like her to know that some of the neighbours are on her side.

We all need a hero for International Women’s Day on Sunday, and she is mine.

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