My grandmother was born in an era when women did not have the vote. I was born in an era when women didn't run for office--or at least very few of them did so. That has changed, particularly in this election year, but we still have a long way to go to get to parity. Only 40% of Vermont state legislators are women and we've never sent a woman to Congress. Did you know that women hold a mere 19% of congressional seats? I want girls and young women to be able to see themselves in our legislative bodies. I want them to think that their voices are worthy, that they have something to contribute, that they can lead. I want them to know this in their bones. I want all doors to be open. I want that girl in the yellow life vest to see possibilities, to live possibilities, that the women who came before her could only dream about.