Women’s voices are getting louder and louder and the world has no choice but to listen. After the last year of resistance, women came back together more determined than ever. The 2018 Women’s March was the current pinnacle to drive us further towards equity, inclusivity and safety for ALL.
The Women’s March was an accumulation of every woman and her story. Written on poster boards and engulfed in pussy hats, we showed the world that it is our time to write the future. We demonstrated our power to RESIST, to PERSIST and to OVERCOME the societal climate that has restricted us for so long. We showed, once again, that the days of quietly sitting by and waiting for change are now over.
In Seattle, as well as many other cities in North America, there was a huge effort at this year’s Women’s March to be intersectional and fully inclusive to ALL women and their struggles. Indigenous women beautifully led the march in Seattle with sage and drumming. Bringing to light the massive epidemic of murder and violence they continue to experience in this country.
Women stood together as examples to every person who is marginalized. Each voice was unique, and every voice was necessary, because we ALL need to be represented to make this change. We are people of color, we are immigrants, we are indigenous, we are Muslims, we are gay, we are trans…We are stronger together. We all have a story, and we have all suffered.
The symptoms of our societal illnesses have shown its ugly head on a very public level since the 2017 election, and it is painful and infuriating. But now we can address the disease. And part of that is getting everyone on the same page for treatment. Including the men who are not afraid of examining our social affliction and letting women take the lead in how to heal it. The 2018 Women’s March proved to be a catalyst for that process. More men showed up, more marginalized women were represented, and more voices were heard.
We are empowering girls and women who have never had a voice. Girls walked strong alongside their sisters, their mothers and their grandmothers. They led their brothers, fathers and grandfathers into a new way of being. These girls will expect more from them and our society. And they won’t ever feel like “the only one”.
With every march, every #MeToo, every shout out, every story, we set a standard for the future. We put up our hands in solidarity for those who came before us and those who will come after. We walk with the women who led the abolitionist and suffrage movements like Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony, we walk with women who stood up for equality when surrounded by ignorance and hate like Rosa Parks, we walk with current woman’s rights activists like Gloria Steinem, Shirin Ebadi, Malala Yousafzi, and so many more…They got us here and will never leave our sides.
They stood up bravely when it was tumultuous and unsafe to have a voice. We ride the wave they started, and we continue to build on it. Soon it will become so big it will drown out the ignorance.
This last year has made inequality intolerable and women’s rights have become something none of us will ever wash over again. It has left no room for naivety, no room for silence and no room for solitude.
Some of us need to be angry, some need to be held in community, some have the platform to reach millions, some will resist through creating peace and building bridges, some will scream, some will support those who can act, and some will carry the burdens for others.
The Women’s March brought our different voices and assets together, demonstrating to every woman in the world that they are never alone. Together we are STRONG.