Change is inevitable. Change is necessary. In a lot of circumstances we need to welcome change… Chicago recently had an election with historic significance. For those who don’t know Chicago has had it’s share of problems. This past Tuesday voters came out to use the election process to determine how to handle those problems. The end result was a victory for Lori Lightfoot, a 56 year old woman who is openly gay and African American. She is the very first woman to ever be elected mayor in Chicago. Here is an article telling her story:
I don’t live in Chicago, but if I did my first thought would not focus on her being the first of anything. My only issue would be whether or not she can handle and accomplish the job. She has an extremely tough situation to deal with, and being a woman may make her job even more difficult. That is why I sincerely hope she will be successful. If she is then some people will use her circumstances to determine whether or not any other woman can lead in such a high profile (usually male dominated) field. If she is a failure, then it may have an impact on other future female candidates with similar dreams. Ms. Lightfoot already knows that she will have to work twice as hard to make change, but as long as she strives I think it will benefit everyone there. I would like to congratulate Chicago for taking the chance in electing her. This really is not about her being a woman, or African American or openly gay. This is about her “showing the world” that she belongs in this picture. I believe that in many circumstances we need to start looking to women in leadership. I am still hoping that one day we can elect a woman to be President of the United States. If this situation in Chicago goes well then this could be “the start of a new era.” Of course there will always be those who will never opt to vote for women leadership. Those kind of closed minded individuals will always be stuck in their own mind sets. The best way to adjust to change is to initiate change. I wish Ms. Lightfoot the very best. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly along with Good America morning cohost Robin Roberts