'Women in politics': more than a talking point

In a refreshingly apolitical twist—in the midst of an overtly political event—former Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords bravely took the stage at the United States Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was there simply to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. But there was something far more significant about her appearance—something almost of a miracle—that momentarily hushed any political partisanship. Her presence wasn’t about politics. It was about the courage and strength to walk and talk.

Ever since she was the victim of an assassination attempt in January 2011, this woman’s story has transcended the bitter blame and hateful rhetoric that has consumed so much of the political arena today. After suffering a gunshot wound to the head, she’s making a remarkable recovery. Hers is a tale of hope and inspiration, optimism, and perseverance. And her courage, grace, and humility have probably brought out the best in many of her fellow political leaders.

It’s been said by people on both sides of the aisle that if women had a greater presence in politics, our leaders would be better equipped to work together in a spirit of compromise and sisterly love, instead of dwelling on division and gridlock.

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