Ding ding it’s time for Hillary.
I’m very happy about this. Not for any political reason but because, whenever a woman puts her hand up to lead anything, she gets ruthlessly massacred in the media and I think it’s a brave thing that Hillary is doing - you know, as a person.
Of course she has the Team Clinton thing and the State Department experience and all that but to me, that just shows what a boost women need to even get in the game- if Hillary can’t get elected than what chance does a regular Cheryl or Daphne have?
Even me saying that is a bit unfair and puts extra person on Hillary-the-person. It’s a bit like ‘what’s a pretty girl like you doing without a boyfriend’, if you screw it up then you must be a massive loser and there’s obviously something wrong with you.
I walked into a cafe the other day and saw this chalk drawing and asked who drew it. Winter is Coming, soup, coffee- it was very clever. One of the girls I talk to a bit said it was her and I asked if she was a professional illustrator.
Her head went down.
“I would love to do it for a job but there’s no money in it. There aren’t any jobs”
I said “I think you could get a job at Weta Digital - if you can do that in a few minutes”
Her eyes misted up a bit and she muttered “that would be my dream job- I would love to work for Weta”
She then rattled out all the reasons why she could never:
1. My Dad is a really good artist and he could never make a career from it
- you aren’t your Dad
2. I’m good at freehand but not at computer stuff
-you might have to do a course first and develop your talent
3. I’m too old
-you look 23! (she was 21)
4. What if I got there and I didn’t like the people
-what if you got there and you did like them?
5. I don’t know if I’d like working on movies
-one way to find out <shrugs>
(Poor girl didn’t know she had struck the Great Wall of Tony Robbins motivational tapesets)
My final point was a little bit risky/ had high being-a bit-mean potential because by now, the Other Guy at the counter was listening too and I said “do you want to spend the rest of you life working here?”
Other Guy nodded and said “I can’t even draw a line” which I thought was quite hilarious, and I told her to go home tonight and look at courses and internships at animation places because she was too talented to just be drawing cafe chalkboard signs.
What’s that got to do with Hillary 2016?
You can have as many structural opportunities or even advantages as you like but ultimately, it comes down to one fearful, doubtful woman putting her hand up and having a go. Will the girl in the cafe get a job at Weta? I don’t know. Will Hillary get to be the first woman president? I don’t know, but I really hope they both make a good go of it.