To the Editor:
In recent weeks, I have read a series of letters referring to a specific judicial candidate referencing his integrity, not politics. In fact, even his field signs use that slogan.
Let’s face it – it’s all about politics. While it appears the candidate has many friends to write wonderful things on his behalf, it doesn’t change the fact that the candidates are enmeshed in the politics of the race. The name of their political party bolded on their campaign literature. Their attendance at pro-life events, the less-than-subtle reference to the strength their religion provides as they make decisions. They are there through political patronage, not merit.
What do these races mean for the women of McHenry County? Politics. It means women candidates who have equal or better education and experience will continue to bump up against a patriarchy that works to deny them a seat at the table. Women who have law degrees from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and other well-known institutions will face the politics of sitting judges looking to deny women the opportunity to fill a judgeship role.
One individual wrote about what a good guy a candidate was. The women running are equally good people. They also demonstrate the characteristics important to the role of judge: knowledge of the law, effectiveness, integrity, administrative abilities, and they have done so while raising families and managing their own businesses. They have dedicated themselves to multiple volunteer efforts.
Aug. 18, 2020 will mark the centennial of a women gaining the right to vote. It took the patriarchy more than 100 years to grant women what they were entitled to from the beginning. People of color weren’t granted that right until 45 years later with Voting Rights Act of 1965. I encourage every wife, mother, and working woman of voting age to rise up and vote for equally qualified women candidates. I urge fathers, husbands and brothers to rise up and be a force for women that breaks the status quo and allow the woman in their life the opportunity to reach her goals.