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Mrs. Clinton, First Woman as a Presidential Nominee

Hilary ClintonWith our primary season drawing to a close, Hillary Clinton has made history as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. 

Mrs. Clinton’s name on the ballot in November is another milestone in the quest for women’s rights, which, as she noted years ago, are human rights. This achievement is worth celebrating by all, regardless of party, because it further opens the door to female leadership in every sphere.

Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham had an auspicious date of birth — June 4, 1919, the very same day the Senate passed a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

But otherwise, Dorothy had a awful beginning. Her parents abandoned her. At 8, she was riding across the country, unaccompanied except for her younger sister, on the way to live with grandparents who didn’t want them. She went off on her own at 14, working as a housekeeper during the Depression. But she got herself through high school, was a good student and raised her own daughter to believe the sky was the limit.

Before we head off on the rest of this deeply imperfect election, take a second and enjoy. Imagine Hillary Clinton going back in time. She sits in the train next to a frightened little girl, and delivers the news about what happened this week.

Join us this week, as we celebrate our graduates, honor the start of Ramadan, and seek to be led by the power of the Holy Spirit in our many new beginnings!

Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

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