I stand for the restoration of gender equity and the elimination of social, economic and environmental cruelty. I’ve had the privilege to live and travel across this land, learning the thousands of different ways there are to be an American. The American Dream I grew up with and that we inherited, no longer fits the scope and grandeur of who we can become as a nation. Our diversity is our greatest strength. I envision a world where women are looked up to as business, political, community and spiritual leaders. A world where our humanity and dignity take precedent, and drive our greatness so that America can cultivate and exemplify the potential and possibility in education, health care, government, commerce and human relationships.
Growing up a Military Brat, I considered myself a citizen of the world, and a true American. My loyalties were to my family, country, and to the San Francisco 49ers. I was never rooted in one place, in one community. In our doorway, we had a hand painted welcome sign that read “home is where the Army sends us,” and in little wooden hearts attached to it were all the different places my family had lived. “Community” wasn’t where I was from. It was the relationships I built around me every day.
Change and diversity became my lifestyle as we moved from sea to shining sea. I got to intimately know the soul of this country. As I did, three things stood out to me...
We are capable of anything we put our hearts and minds to.
From San Francisco, to Clarksville, to West Point, Americans love to dream, and love creating solutions to impossible problems.
We rise to the occasion, innovate and find joy in coming together. Our tendency toward hope and perseverence are a source of inspiration.
Women are the greatest source of strength and power I have ever seen.
From Army wives, to doctors, their ability to serve and lead in their home and public lives is remarkable. Their determination, resilience and love is unmatched. I learned this first and foremost from my mother Lisa, and from her mother Olga – a brave immigrant and entrepreneur.
There is a critical lack of representation of women in leadership positions.
I want you to join me in building a world where women aren’t afraid to negotiate, where we have more important things to do than defend our credibility, and where being liked and being competent aren’t antithetical. It’s a world where women aren’t second guessed, discredited or patronized because of their gender, skin color, beliefs or sexuality. It’s a world without a glass ceiling, without perfection, and one where we work in true partnership with one another.
I will fight to build a world where women get to lead like women, where their voices not only matter but are revered. Where you can let your guard down, you can feel confident, and your tireless contributions are celebrated. It’s a world where decision-makers design cars, health care, child care policy, movies, makeup, phones and for goodness sake, bathrooms with women in mind.