Many people have asked me why I have been so involved in this election even though I could not vote, even though I am not a citizen of the United States.

Many people have jokingly proposed to marry me for my Canadian citizenship, which I half-heartedly laughed at.

This morning, my mom even asked me if I felt relief for not being an American today. The answer is no, I feel no relief.

Yesterday's loss was not simply a loss for many Americans, but for millions of people around the world. No matter your citizenship, it was a reminder that the glass ceiling is very much intact, and minorities are very much marginalized.

To the young girls around the world who look to America to realize their own self worth, to the LGBTQ+ community in nations where being yourself is considered a crime yet see a glimpse of hope when looking across the ocean, to the generations to come that will look back at us one day: no battle is easy, but after you fall you must get up.

It is clear from the election results that the majority of young people in this nation would have chosen otherwise. And although our time has yet to come, I'm certain it WILL come, as long as we fight for it. As a first step, we need to realize the differences and understand the struggles of 50% of the nation.

As Hillary Clinton said this morning: "This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it. It is, it is worth it."


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