It’s a hearing, sweetie. And we need to talk about something important.
What do you notice about the people asking questions?
Yes, they seem mad. Really mad. What else?
That’s right. They’re almost all boys. Usually when boys grow up we should call them men.
Now what about the person getting yelled at?
Yes, she’s not a boy.
So this is not fair, but it’s true: There are a lot of boys who grew up thinking they were better than girls.
People were mean and they were wrong in the old days. They thought only boys could be strong, and only girls should take care of other people. I know, that’s not at all like your friends! Now boys play with dolls, and girls are great at running and jumping and playing baseball.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard for people to let go of things they learned when they were little, even when those things are mean and wrong.
The reason why they are picking on Hillary Clinton and Cecile Richards, and not boys, is that for a lot of people, these women represent more opportunities for girls. One could be our first woman president. The other works so that girls get to pick what to do with their lives.
A lot of boys with mean and wrong ideas don’t like that. So they’re trying to put them in their place.
What I want you to notice is that neither of them are giving up, even though the questions are really mean. If someone ever tries to bully you because you are a girl, you shouldn’t either.
And I will be so proud of you. I already am.