Stay active, stay loud, stay proud.
Saturday, over 5 million women gathered across the world to participate in Women’s March 2017. It started as a political march on Washington, D.C. and splintered into thousands of marches taking place across the globe. The marches that took place this weekend were about one thing: love. Spreading love, building love, letting others know there’s still a universal space for love. Yes, politics was the catalyst for these events, but love is what makes it impactful. Seeing such a diverse group of women join hands to support one another in the fight against inequality and violence was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever be apart of. The media will constantly pit women against one another, but to see this manifestation of love and girl power was honestly breathtaking. It left me speechless. I can’t remember feeling so inspired by women as I was on Saturday.
But, the battle is not done. We can’t rest on our laurels, especially given the current political climate. The challenge facing organizers is how to channel outrage into action that produces political change at the local and national level. Here are 5 ways to keep up the good fight.
- 10 actions for the first 100 Days: The Women’s March on Washington will take action on an issue we all care about every 10 days. The organization formed in response to the divisive rhetoric exhibited during the last election cycle and is committed to fighting every step of the way. The first action: to send postcards to your Senators about what matters most. They’re even offering downloadable printable postcards. You can sign up for the campaign to be constantly in the know.
- Contact your representatives. Don’t feel like putting pen to paper? It’s a great thing we live in a world where your options are unlimited. Email, call, schedule a meeting or send a carrier pigeon to your local representatives and understand your community. Local elections will be paramount in the coming years, so start now by understanding the who, what, when, and why. Instead of tweeting about it, we should be shoving down the government’s throat.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people. You can’t get bogged down in negativity. Critics will spew negativity without caution, especially about the women’s march. Don’t let that influence your path. It’s time we stop forcing our opinions on others and instead start watering those opinions into tangible results. Surround yourself with people who can fuel that passion, drive, and determination inside of you. You can accomplish so much more when you remain positive, focused and optimistic.
- Start educating yourself on women’s rights around the world. There are several magnificent books you can read to fuel your knowledge. Here at the blog, our #1 feminist go-to ‘Half The Sky’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. A stunning collection of essays about oppressed women dealing with rape, poverty, motherhood in Africa and Asia. If you’re not ready to jump in feet-first, check out these books to jumpstart your enthusiasm.
- Teaching starts small. You don’t need to attend every march or post on Instagram every day in support of women’s rights. True growth comes in the unexpected moments: standing in line at the bank, drinking coffee with a distant friend, watching an old classic with a loved one. Take advantage of those moments to talk with someone. People don’t know what they don’t know, and sometimes it takes a few words to understand. Remember, changing hearts can change laws.
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