Over the last week, I have investigated the life of Gov. Sarah Palin and have come to admire her accomplishments and her strengths as a leader first and as a female second. The media has done a fantastic job of helping me respect her life even more. But as I sat and watched this historic speech, I thought about my 4 year old daughter and I was overwhelmed with the importance of this entire Presidential campaign in my life and in hers. Although I do not share the ideals of Sen. Clinton, her campaign was historic. The nomination of Gov. Palin on a Republican ticket is historic. These women have destroyed barriers that will have lasting effects on this generation of women and beyond. No one can deny that women face certain challenges that are very different than men when it comes to being in positions of influence. Working in the church world for the last 13 years has shown me that. I have been blessed to serve with leaders who have embraced my leadership skills and helped paved the way for me to have the opportunity to be a leader at a level not normally offered to women in the church world. My experience has been amazing, but I know it is not the norm. Gov. Palin's nomination to the Vice-Presidency is an opportunity for women to be heard at the highest level. I know that Gov. Palin does not speak for all women, but for those of us who share many of her ideals, she is a fresh voice and someone who can elevate the discussion in this country with regards to issues that effect women everyday. As a working mother of 2, I am proud that she is on the front lines for me.