On Saturday, January 21, 2017, just one day after Trump's presidential inauguration, millions of women (and men) lined the streets of the United States to march for equality.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Women's March on Denver , but the impact it has left on me is astounding. My heart is so full knowing that there are so many people out there who are willing to march in the dead of winter just so our voices are heard.
Exercising the right to peacefully protest is incredibly important and I know that the Women's March today will make a difference. It may not get through to all of our Congress and Judicial members and definitely not the President, but a few may be affected and that is a start.
One of the main reasons for the march today was to support reproductive rights. Recently, Congress has been voting to defund Planned Parenthood. The rationale behind their decision is to protect the lives of the unborn. However, Planned Parenthood is so much more than just an abortion clinic. It provides healthcare and education to thousands of women (and men) every year. Thousands of people are dependent on the care that Planned Parenthood provides and defunding it will cause so many issues and decrease the quality of life for so many people. I stand with Planned Parenthood because women have the right to choose how they manage their body.
Women are incredible and powerful. We have put up with so much in just this election season and we are saying enough is enough. We deserve equality and the right to make our own choices without the government telling us how to live our lives. We deserve the access to safe and affordable abortions and birth control. We deserve equal pay and all the rights men have.
I still don't understand how a man whose entire platform was based off anger, hatred, racism, and misogyny is now in the highest office in the United States, but it happened. I am still so fearful, but the Women's March has given me so much hope that everything will be okay eventually.
Women are amazing and beautiful and I am so proud to be one.
The future is female.