The 2018 Women's March: For Those Who Won't Be Silenced

The 2018 Women's March: For Those Who Won't Be Silenced

Trump, you have a big storm coming.
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What Is The Women’s March?

Women’s March is an annual event that takes place nationwide. Women from all over gather to support and fight for the issues that women have to face in the workplace, politics, and society. It sheds light on those who have made a positive impact in women’s history and those who have been negatively impacted by the patriarchy. More specifically, according to Womensmarch.com:

”The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”

What We March For

The Women’s March provides a space for women to openly educate and discuss the many issues Women are facing in the 21st century. These issues include-- the need for inclusiveness within our politics, sexual harassment and assault, unequal pay, fundamental health care rights, and sex trafficking.

Lack of Inclusiveness Within Our Politics:

  • In most states, 15-24% are in the legislature.
  • 106 women out of 535 seats in Congress.
  • 84 women out of 435 seats in the House of Representatives.
  • 22 women out of 100 seats in the Senate.
  • 3 women in the supreme court.

Sexual Harassment and Assault:

Unequal Pay:

  • A woman makes 79.6 cents for every dollar a man makes.
  • The total lifetime loss for a woman due to wage gap is $418,800.
  • At age 70 women's career earnings will catch up to those of a 60-year-old man.

Fundamental Healthcare Rights

Celebrity Highlights From The March

Halsey’s Poem (New York)

Scarlett Johansson's speech (Washington)

Viola Davis Speech (LA)

Natalie Portman’s Speech (LA)

Cover Image Credit: via Unsplash

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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There Are No More Government Shutdowns On The Horizon For Now, But The Future Is Unknown

Can the government shutdown occur again?

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A $333 billion spending bill has been made for President Trump to sign to prevent any further government shutdowns. The bill says little about the broader the president is demanding to build. Other border security ideas are mentioned and funding for some departments that have been neglected because of the shutdown.

As for the border, there are some provisions. Texas' Rio Grande Valley border has built a 55-mile "pedestrian fencing" which cost about $1,375 billion. Trump is willing to sign this deal but also making an executive order by declaring a national emergency to get the border wall he wants. He explained it by saying, "We're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we're going to do it one way or the other." He says we have to take action fast in order to stop the smuggling of drugs and human trafficking, which he says Mexico is responsible for.

President Trump is making a total of $8 billion dollars, spending from the executive order, national emergency, and the congressional appropriations bill. Senates leaders have given their opinion on it. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have given their statement, "The President's unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation."

This declaration of emergency is going to court, to make sure it is legal. Many leaders have opposed saying this is a fake emergency. Declaring an emergency lets the POTUS move around some money in the military-construction funds a total of $3.6 billion. That money will have to pull from other fundings to gain it. If Trump does not get his desired wall, we can expect another government shutdown.

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