#WhyIMarch: It's More Than Trump

#WhyIMarch: It's More Than Trump

The Women's March was more than just hating Trump
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We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. -Women's March on Washington, Mission & Vision

This past Saturday, the day following President Trump's inauguration, an estimated 2.9 million people took part in the Women's March on Washington and sister marches in over 75 countries across the globe. These peaceful displays of sisterhood, solidarity, and resistance may garner hate from Trump supporters shouting "cry-babies" and "deal with it," but the marches are much more than Trump alone.

While it is true that the majority of marchers do not approve of or support the current administration, there are countless other reasons that millions of women and men felt the need and desire to get out there and have their voices heard. Whether it be issues of sexism, racism, or reproductive rights, everyone at the marches believed in something greater than just Trump, or more, something that the Trump presidency represented.

The #WhyIMarch tag reveals what it is that brought millions of people together, in love, to end complacency. (I recommend you explore the thousands of tweets).

So that our daughters will know their bodies are their own. So our sons embody gentle strength. So they can dismiss both labels #WhyIMarch
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 21, 2017

US women 16x more likely to die by gun than in other developed countries. Gun violence=women's issue. #WhyIMarch #EndGunViolence @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/YYro91QJEo
— Meg A (@MeghanAnomaly) January 22, 2017

I marched today because I am a feminist. #whyimarch #WomensMarch Photo by @Xtra_MoNey pic.twitter.com/DKLoqaaoeZ
— Finnegan Harries (@FinnHarries) January 22, 2017

Women's rights = human rights. #WhyIMarch @womensmarch 21st January, 2017 pic.twitter.com/HeGtPM34t1
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 21, 2017







These were not "cry-babies," pouring on to planes and trains because of their disapproval of our new president. These were strong women and men making sure that the world was hearing them. It was for the rights of a woman to her own body. It was for the freedom of religion in a country built upon just that. It was for an end to racism and sexism, and so much more. Sure, Mr. President, you want to "Make America great again," but which "great" decade do you mean? I can assure you, there will be no moving backwards if we have anything to say about it.

The Women's March was made to show that we will not sit idly by for the next four years. We cannot change the outcome of the election, but we can make progress towards a better, more loving world.

As Senator Sanders tweeted during the march, "By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer." It will be us that make America great, Mr. President. Just watch and see.

Cover Image Credit: Slate

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From Kid President That Got Us Through Our Toughest Days

He might be young, but he's so wise.

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The Kid President made his debut in 2012 and has impacted many lives with his positivity and kind words. He provides insight into negative situations and gives us all words to live by. Here are 10 times his words helped us get through the day.

1. When we didn't want to follow through with plans.

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We've all been in the position where we had a bad day and wanted to cancel our plans. People want you there, so it's true: just you being there does make it awesome.

2. When you felt like you were struggling as a parent.

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Your kids love you as a parent. They look up to you and value everything you do! Realistically, you're doing a great job and your kids see it, too.

3. When you felt like quitting.

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You might be an adult, but there's still a force within you to keep you going.

4. When you felt overwhelmed.

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Kid President gives great advice when it comes to being stressed: pause, breathe, love. It only takes a few minutes to pause and breathe in order to get back on track.

5. When you felt like you didn't matter.

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You're here for a reason and have a spot on this planet, you matter.

6. When you saw your cousin post something political on Facebook.

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Post-election Facebook was a battleground full of insults and disagreements. It's okay to disagree, but there's no reason for us to go out of our way to make someone else feel bad about their position.

7. When you someone cut you off driving and you want to hawk them down.

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... then don't do it. Plain and simple. It won't do anyone any good to go after someone for something that really isn't a big deal.

8. When you felt like no one was listening.

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You have so much to say and share, people will listen, especially if you have good things to say.

9. When you felt like you didn't know what you're doing.

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If you're wearing pants and have toilet paper, you're doing a good job being an adult.

10. When you needed encouragement to get up.

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Straight to the point, let's do it. You don't have to do it alone, but you have to do it.

Kid President is the king of good advice. It's all put in simple terms because we don't need to complicate anything anymore.

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