Like most of the people I know, I was excited for the election. I knew it would be close, but the polls all pointed to Hillary being our next president. This painting started out as a celebration of women breaking the biggest glass ceiling. In retrospect, it is one more case that for women, it's not enough to be the smartest, most qualified person to get the job. That she lost to someone who has no experience, doesn't seem to know or care how government works, and has openly encited the radical right to lash out at racial and religious minorities makes me fearful for the next four years.
I do believe that we've come very far since women gained the right to vote in 1920, and all races gained the right in 1965. I pray that we continue to embrace our diversity and personal freedoms.
Rhea Groepper Pettit
New works, new ideas.