"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
Remember this old adage? Certainly we all heard it as children.
I could not agree less. Words are extremely powerful. The hateful words of our current president are a disgrace to the position he holds, and a disgrace to our nation. A good leader stands up for what is right, is inclusive, works for the betterment of the group, not just oneself. A good leader leads.
I adamantly oppose the current president, his administration, and the hate they stand for. This is why I march. And, it was one of the greatest honors of my life to march alongside hundreds of thousands of allies in Washington and millions more around the country and around the globe. Allies that believe in equality (for all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, people with or without disabilities), love, and taking care of our planet.
To my sisters that believe we're already equal or using the excuse that we're better off than women in other countries, please realize that's just your privilege talking. It wasn't that long ago that we couldn't vote, or open a credit card in our own names, or file a criminal complaint against an abusive spouse. Let's not forget how far we've come (thanks to the allies before us that protested, got loud, and refused to "act like ladies"), and at the same time acknowledge how far we have to go. A feminist believes in equality of the sexes, simple as that, and I am hopeful that's a sentiment every woman can get behind.
This is why I march.
Images from the Woman's March on Washington. January 21, 2017. Contax 645, Ilford XP-2 film.