My kindergarten classroom donned a wall filled with photos of every U.S. President. At the time, there had been 41 of them. On my very first day of school I asked my teacher why the presidents were all boys. Years later she would remind me of this moment and how it was a defining one in her career in education.
Needless to say, I got a little emotional in the voting booth today. Regardless of where you stand or who you voted for — or who I voted for — for the first time in United States history, a woman’s name appeared on the ballot for the highest office in all the land.
I wish I could go back in time and give 5-year-old me a high five, and Mrs. Thornton a big hug.