This is one Nixon we can get behind. To continue the high that International Women’s Day has given us on March 8th this year, Cynthia Nixon, or Miranda Hobbes of Sex And The City as you more commonly know her, is going to run for office. Specifically, she announced her candidacy and taking on current New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who is also currently a clear favourite to win in September this year.
Favourite or not — there has been a tectonic change. While Trump himself, his administration and policies has divided Americans, one thing is clear: there has never been a woman governor before, and neither has there been one who’s openly gay (If elected, Ms. Nixon would become the first female governor, and the first openly gay governor, in New York history). The 51-year-old Tony-winning actress, mother of three, LGBT activist, and much-loved character of Sex And The City will make waves in more than one. In one fell swoop, she has become one of America’s most hottest trending topic just by announcing her candidacy in this tweet:
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
Her candidacy website is awashed in blue, and emblazoned on the front page is her pledge:
“I’m running for governor because I love this state – but I know that we can do better. We need a New York that works for all of us – a New York for the many, not just the few.”
While it’s taking a while for us to process this, we are completely over the moon that there’s finally some sort of real representation happening to one of the most powerful countries and players in the world. It’s also telling that such an advanced nation has never had a woman run as a governor. And there has been backlash — the fact that her célébrité might cut both ways and work against her. Already, there have been calls undermining her ability to govern (she has been called an ‘unqualified lesbian’). Hmmm.
This excerpt, from her website too, is a vision that’ll make you cry. Read it and see if it moves you (and if it doesn’t, wow!):
I was born in New York City, and I grew up in a one-bedroom fifth floor walk-up with my mom. I’m a proud public school graduate, and these days, an even prouder public school parent. For the last 17 years, I’ve traveled across this state to fight for better schools, LGBTQ equality, and women’s health care, including the right to choose.
This is the state where I started acting at age 12 to put myself through college when my mom told me she couldn’t afford to. This is the state where I made my career, raised my kids, and met and married the love of my life, my wife Christine.
When I grew up here, we didn’t have much money, but I still felt like anything was possible. I had opportunities that I just don’t see for the vast majority of New York’s kids today.
New York has become the single most unequal state in the country. The top 1 percent of New Yorkers earn 45 times more than the bottom 99 percent combined. Black and Latino families in New York still earn much less than white families. Women still earn much less than men.
We’d like to end this announcement the only way it should, with SATC memes that will satisfy. Enjoy: