To our dear supporters and allies for Women in STEM,
Angela and Saqi here, co-founders of ReigningIt. With heavy hearts, we are reading through our Facebook feed of your responses to the election. There is an overwhelming sense of emotion from these posts. Many of you feel marginalized and that your voices weren’t heard. One person posted a meme that said “Waiting for election results is like waiting for a grade on a group project. I know I did my shit right, but I’m scared y’all f–d it up.” We hear you, and we stand stunned alongside you.
First, your voices were heard. The polls were close, and Clinton won the popular vote. If you are looking at a map of red and blue states, look closely at the numbers. While the election went to Donald Trump, there is still considerable support across this nation for the principles we advocate for. Reflecting on the past eight years of Obama’s presidency and this election year, it’s clear that an increasingly brighter light is shining on the issues that matter most to us. Don’t give up. Dig down, look up and remember the words of Mary Anne Radmacher: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”.
Second, you are NOT alone. We started ReingingIt with a vision to create a caring community of support. We want women to know that we are stronger together and that we can define our destiny and reign our lives. Right now there are forces beyond our control and things we must accept, but our fight is NOT OVER. As co-founders of ReigningIt, we are honored to provide a story-sharing platform to highlight the amazing accomplishments, the devastating challenges, and honest reflection on our experiences. It takes tremendous courage to share with the world the raw truth. Your stories matter. YOU matter. We hear from so many women who thank YOU for talking about a struggle with anxiety or depression, loss of loved ones, growing up with tremendous challenges, and then breaking the glass ceiling in the STEM fields. Your stories empower others and help those still finding their voice to know they are not alone.
Have yourself a good cry and then we will fight on, together. E pluribus unum – Out of many, one. And don’t forget – Hillary Clinton HAS shattered many glass ceilings along the way, which in turn created cracks on the biggest one. It’s up to us to keep chipping at it and ultimately bring it to pieces.
Third, during the darkest of hours, it’s incredibly difficult to see the light and to keep hope in our hearts for a better tomorrow. Only Hillary Clinton can turn a concession speech into motivational speech! We’ve collected our favorite quotes from her speech. Our advice is to find your favorite quote, write it down, hold it in your heart and repeat it as your hold your head up high and move forward. Together.
“We are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.”
“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.”
“This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
“Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and…more work to do.”
“To all the women…who put their faith in this campaign and in me…nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.”
“Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.”
“Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time.”
“I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love.”
“You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
Feel free to post and/or message us if you’d like to talk. For many of you this may be your 1st election, and we can only imagine what you are feeling. There will be better days ahead: love trumps hate and good over evil.