kathleen stoll
My mom always reminded me that “you win some, you lose some” when it comes to politics and life.

Back in 2008, that 80-plus-year-old woman knocked on hundreds of doors to support her candidate for the President of the United States. Mom’s motivation was to see in her lifetime a woman President.

Mom wasn’t a radical progressive or hard-core feminist. But she did understand working to help our family make ends meet. She personally understood the struggles of balancing work and family. At one point, Mom worked in retail sales at J.C. Penney. And I remember that my impression was that she liked the job; we were proud when she received a raise with the new title “accessories manager.”