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On Saturday, Senator Hillary Clinton delivered, arguably, the most significant speech of her Primary campaign. She imparted to her many supporters the credit they deserved for their part in a milestone-setting campaign, and she reasserted her personal accomplishments and goals in a gracious way urging women to embrace the ideal that they can be anything they want to be. The 'glass ceiling has been cracked'. But most importantly for the purpose of the day, she pledged her full support to the election of Senator Barack Obama as the next president of the United States of America. And then, there were two.

We the voters are now preparing, or maybe bracing, for a five month race to the finish; a race that will shower us with a continual barrage of claims/counter claims, issues/counter issues, and a thorough examination of the qualifications, or lack, of each candidate. The opponents do present us with a striking contrast in age, race, background, policy, and yes, experience. Senator Obama, the first ever African-American presidential nominee, and relatively new to the National political scene must challenge Senator John McCain, an acknowledged American war hero and public servant for a quarter century.

As women, we have a real stake in the outcome of this election. Every issue now facing America has an impact on women. We are the mothers and grandmothers of sons and daughters facing a new generation of critical Global challenges posed by the Environment and Natural Resources, National Security and World Peace, and the Global Economy. We are entrepreneurs, owners of businesses, professionals, homemakers, or pursuing careers in the creative arts. All will be greatly affected by the economy. Some of us are retired and concerned about healthcare and the security of our life's investments, if they be no more than the roof over our heads. We may simply be concerned by the ever rising cost of putting a meal on the table and gas in the car. Never before, has it been more important to be aware, adequately informed, and able to separate the facts from the hype and media spin.

When I took on the job of doing this column for Fabulously 40, it was my objective to offer thought food, to inject a little satire and humor, and to remain as non-partisan as it's possible for me to do.  I'd like to stimulate discussion of the issues both here and around your dinner tables. I ask for your input. I'd like to know what the most important issues to you are. If you prefer, you are welcome to send me a private message with your thoughts and opinions and I'll attempt to address or introduce your most critical concerns from a neutral position.  

Susan Haley, Author



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