The Ultimate Checklist For The Next (And Much Needed) Million Women's March

The Ultimate Checklist For The Next (And Much Needed) Million Women's March

The attacks on women's rights are just going to get more frequent and sneakier, which means now is the time to stay alert. Now is the time to take to the streets and be louder and more transparent in our message.
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January 21 marks the one year anniversary of the Million Women March on Washington. But it wasn't just D.C., it was all over the country and the world. There was a hum of activism in the air all across the globe. Activism didn't have a gender, race or sexual orientation, but a species, it was humanity speaking up against the inequality of women.

January 20 marks the one year anniversary of President Trump in office. Let's recap what he's done and is doing with women in mind, shall we?

He banned foreign aid to groups that provide abortion services and counseling in other countries. Made it possible for employers to deny healthcare coverage of birth control and defunded Planned Parenthood, just to name a few.

Oh, and the 22 women who have come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.

The attacks on women's rights are just going to get more frequent and sneakier, which means now is the time to stay alert. Now is the time to take to the streets and be louder and more transparent in our message. Now, when President Trump can't hide behind the "hugeness" of his inauguration crowd.

So, for the next Women's March, you might be scrambling for what to bring. Well, fear not, here is a list of what to pack from someone who attended the last one.

1. Portable, Nonperishable, No Heat Or Cold Required Food

Activism is hard work and burns some serious calories. Don't forget to keep yourself energized so you can hold your sign high and chant loud and proud. I recommend granola bars, trail mix, peanuts or dried cereal. Think of foods high in protein that are easy to eat in tight quarters and on the go.

2. Light-Weight Refillable Water Bottle

Protesting is thirsty work, gotta stay hydrated!

3. A Small First-Aid Kit

While the goal is peaceful protesting, like the last march, where no one was harmed, blisters and scrapes can happen. It's always best to be prepared.

4. A Filled Metro Card

Some places call it the subway, others the T, but wherever you're marching, make sure you've got means to get there before the day-of because those lines can really cut down on your march time.

5. Fully Charged Portable Phone Charger

Posting videos on Snapchat, pictures on Instagram and statuses on Facebook will really run down your battery so make sure you've got some extra juice so you can keep documenting.

6. A Selfie Stick

For selfies with your million new best friends, of course.

7. Weather Appropriate Clothing

The last march was overcast and a little chilly, but the truth is there was no precipitation that could have rained on our parade. But just in case it actually does rain, bring a poncho. Snow in the forecast? Try heating pad inserts for your gloves and boots!

8. A Notebook & Pen

If you're like me and like to write about your experience, don't forget the tools to take notes!

Hope to see you there!

Cover Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.

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As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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