Malia, 25
UX Designer
California

I was raised in a Republican household in Arizona, where most of the population is conservative. I was in high school during the 2008 election and most of my friends' families were conservative. So I followed suit.

My mother immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines in the early ’80s. She fought relentlessly to earn her citizenship and for her nursing license to transfer so she could make a life for herself here. Other immigrants and women who come to America seeking the same kind of freedom and opportunity deserve for this process to be made available to them.

We don't need to stonewall immigrants—we need to reform our process of welcoming them in to contribute to our society.

It's important that Americans recognize our freedom to form our own opinions, rather than follow the trends of bipartisanship.

It's not about Hillary being a woman, and I think that many females get stuck worrying that they will be perceived as an irrational feminist or someone who is just voting for the woman if they decide to vote to join her.

I have a lot of friends who are starkly conservative, and have made me feel guilty for being more progressive. I also have a lot of friends who could care less about what's happening in this election. I have close girlfriends who do not value Hillary as a political figure or a strong woman.

Because we are women, because we are human beings, we’re worthy of a leader that doesn’t make us feel marginalized, but empowered.

We are worthy of a leader who has our back—and I think we all know who that is at this point.