Voices Of Youth

Follow in Clinton's footsteps

I was devastated when United States Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was defeated in the election.

Mrs Clinton was dubbed one of the most qualified candidates to have ever run for office. She worked for years in public service to better the lives of her countrymen, with a dogged spirit despite several setbacks.

Yet, she still lost the race to the White House.

If there was one person who could set an example for young women , it would be her. In this way, her loss was universal and shared.

But Mrs Clinton's efforts were not in vain. She may not have shattered that last proverbial glass ceiling, but she has indeed paved a path for all of us, particularly young women, to "never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it" ("Never stop fighting for what's right, says Clinton"; Nov 10).

Let us not allow the result of this election to discourage us. Instead, we should emulate the courage and dedication shown by Mrs Clinton to create a united world that is stronger together.

Ashley Tan Yu Yi, 16,
Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2016, with the headline 'Follow in Clinton's footsteps'. Print Edition | Subscribe