#Repealthe19th

#Repealthe19th

...this can't be serious. Please, dear God, let this not be serious.
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A recent analysis caught Hillary ahead in the polls, but also discovered that if only men voted, Trump would absolutely obliterate Clinton in the polls.

This past Wednesday, October 12, 2016, the hashtag #repealthe19th was trending on twitter with 70K+ tweets by 9pm.

Some speculate these are just bot trolls, or idiots from Reddit. Some even think it could’ve been set up by Hillary’s campaign to blame another act of blatant misogyny on Trump supporters. No one’s entirely sure, but what we do know is that this hashtag brought out the worst in some people. Sexist slurs, “go back to the kitchen” and child-bearer jokes flooded the tags, but they didn’t come without backlash. Here are five tweets that just…speak for the little hope we might have left in this nation.

1) We need time!

There’s always that stereotype that girls take longer to get ready, and we also took longer to get the vote. No surprise. So why don’t we just even the stakes a bit? Men, you’ve got more time now to apply the makeup that patriarchal society deems necessary for you to apply before you’re acceptable to leave the house. You’re welcome!

2) The Internet is here

I’m not even going to lie, this one made me laugh. But it brings up a good point; the domestic issues in this election don’t seem to vary greatly from those of the 1916 election. Are we reelecting Wilson? (Honestly I’m not sure that would be a bad bet.)

3) A-Men-Dments

…which they only use when it’s convenient. Freedom of speech, he “says it like it is,” but no freedom of religion! We have to ban all Muslims!

Are you kidding me? Sorry Trumpets, but that’s not how amendments work. Pick up a ninth-grade civics textbook sometime, it might help you out. If the vocabulary is too advanced, I’d recommend a fifth-grade social studies book. We all have to start somewhere.

4) All in the family

At this point I’m amazed that, as a female, you could support Trump. Almost especially as his progeny. Knowing your dad blatantly sexually assaulted women, that he cheated on your mom with your half-brother’s mom? He’s stated in interviews that he never had a hand in raising his children, that he felt that was his wife’s (whichever one it was) job. He brought the money, she dealt with the brats. I doubt Ivanka, or any of his kids, really, have much emotional fodder for him, but damn would it look bad if his own family turned against him. That’d be a lost inheritance.

5)God Said Unto You

In case you can’t tell, the left map is what the U.S. would look like if only men voted, and the right is if only women voted. Regardless of your affiliation, you can tell there’s a staggering difference between the majority of men and women when it comes to politics. Wow, what a surprise, that women don’t want to elect a man who’s sexually complimented his daughter’s body, who used his power to walk in Miss Teen America dressing rooms full of naked minors, who described sexual assault as “locker room talk.”

Women, it has never been more crucial for you to cast your vote this November. I know you all may not be huge Hillary fans (I’m not either, really) but, you need to pick the lesser of two evils. Not voting is no better than voting for Trump. And don’t even bother with that third-party bullshit; this is not the election to be making a political statement.

Please, #BeWithHer. To protect yourselves, not as Democrats or Republicans, not as liberals or conservatives, but simply as women. It all lies in your hands, ladies. The future is female.

Cover Image Credit: Patrick Semansky/AP

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

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Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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