My Perspective, Day 2

Posted on November 11, 2016

By Katherine Keeping
PARO Board of Directors and member of Women in Politics group

This Wednesday, the day after the American election, I had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference in Toronto. The mood in the room was often somber. The impact of a vote against a highly qualified woman candidate rippled through the room like waves of grief. Grief for the loss of Hilary Clinton being the first female President of the United States, and grief for the loss of respect for a woman on based on her merits.

While grieving the potential of what could have been in that moment and the four years to follow was important on day one.

On day two, I feel the need for a different perspective.


As I write, I am listening to Fight Song by Rachel Platten (

If you are an American citizen, living abroad in Canada or currently at home in the States, I would ask you to lean in to your life. To work harder. To be inspired that you can be the first female president. That the awesome mantle of being the first and of carving the path for others to follow… it could be yours.


And if you reside here in Thunder Bay, lean in as well. Seek out leadership opportunities. Embody the change you wish to see in the world. Raise up the women around you onto Boards, into our upcoming Municipal election, and into the knowledge of their own empowerment.

Be a disruptor. As Rachel Platten sings, “I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.”