I'm not going to talk here about the Presidential race. But, I am going to end with a note about politics. It comes from a circle of belief. I'm reading Beth Kendrick's novel Once Upon a Wine right now. It's a romance, but it's also a story about three strong women of different ages who come together when one buys a vineyard. Although I say on my blog that there's an emphasis on crime fiction, I also read and review women's fiction. And, in both crime fiction and women's fiction, I tend to read more books written by women than men. Why?
Strong women. My mother tells me how proud she is of what I do. My father, the father of three daughters, always pushed me to do my best. Although he was kidding, he used to say he hoped all three of us were successful in life so we could support him in his old age. He didn't live to see the three of us succeed in our chosen fields.
Strong women. Why do I like Nora Roberts' books? She features strong career women. Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters are the same. Julia Spencer-Fleming's Rev. Clare Fergusson is former military and a priest. Everyone knows how much I love Louise Penny's books. Armand Gamache would not be the person he is without the support of his wife, a librarian. There are strong women in Penny's books. I rave about Steven F. Havill's books featuring Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, who holds that job while handling motherhood and daughterhood. And, how many cozy mysteries feature women who step up to find a killer? My favorite fantasy novels are Tamora Pierce's books with women as heroines. Meg Wallace in Madeleine L'Engle's books was a favorite, the girl who went to rescue her brother. Even Belle in Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney character. She went off to save her father.
I believe in, and respect, strong women. My grandmothers were strong women. My mother is one. I admire both of my sisters. My friends, beginning with my college roommate to my best friend here in Evansville, my female friends across the country are all strong women who have overcome obstacles. It's a circle. I was encouraged by strong women and a father who supported them. I read about strong women. I firmly believe that women can change the world in positive ways.
So, all of my background, my family, my reading, my profession leads me to support and want women in office. It's why I gave to Emily's List when I watched all those women on stage yesterday. We need strong women.