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September 24th, 2013

Welcome back! I’m hard at work on my third novel about President Charlotte Kramer–America’s first female president, and our country’s 44th President. With every new scandal then engulfs our political-media landscape I wonder how long until my fictional world — a world in which the country is run by women–becomes reality. The Eighteen Acres series was inspired by what I witnessed in 2008 when two women, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, each broke boundaries in their turns on the national stage. But as I write the third Charlotte Kramer novel, I’m more inspired than ever to turn this fictional world into a reality.

In many ways, 2012 put us back at square one. There were no female candidates in contention for the republican presidential nomination or under serious consideration for vice president. And the democratic president who promised hope and change, has filled the most powerful posts his second term cabinet with elderly gentlemen from the U.S. Senate.

People ask me what I think it will take to finally see a woman hold the highest office in the land. It’s quite simple. We must first connect the dots. Women are never the ones snapping photos of their body parts, paying for sex or groping their male colleagues. The reason is obvious to most women. We don’t get involved in politics to dominate our competitors. Don’t get me wrong–there are many men with pure motives and sterling records of accomplishment. But there are no women politicians who force us to explain what sexting is to our younger sisters or daughters (or our parents).

And while voting for a candidate has so much more to do with where she stands on the issues we care about than whether she wears a dress or a tie, we must decide that it matters more than not at all that she brings to the table life experiences that are unique to women.

So to Hillary Clinton, Liz Cheney, Christine Quinn, Susana Martinez, Meg Whitman, Sheryl Sandberg, Carly Fiorina and every other woman out there who has ever felt more like a professional juggler than a politician, you are our best hope Run sister, run.

Books by Nicolle Wallace