I think after this I can call myself a civil rights activist. Being a wonderful woman and having the rights to my own body is a right not a privilege. And after marching against global warming, and for black lives matter, I’m finally marching for equality of all shades – marriage, salary wages, opportunities, religious freedom, and the betterment for future generations.
Why education isn’t our common ground and most dedicated ‘nothing-but-the-best’ focus, as Americans and Politicians, is like totally inexcusable. Totally.
You know a country is in bad shape when history classes are the enemy of Conservative legislation, public schools are on the endangered species list, and for-profit charter schools known to produce low test scores and embezzlement scandals, make up over 6,000 schools in America. Not only that, the Washington Post, found women earn only 79 percent of what men earn, and Forbes reported that women still earn less than men, even in the same job role. Like seriously – where am I? Who’s this so-called “American dream” for?
ANYWAYS! On January 21, 2017, a day after we officially become the Divided States of America, I’m joining more than 2.5 million women (nationally) at the Women’s March on Washington. I couldn’t be more excited to march with my sisters. Something about taking part in a march on Washington D.C is really empowering. To me, it’s saying we’re here, we’re watching you, you’re out numbered, and we’re not going down without a fight.
The thing that waters down my enthusiasm about marching, is how many women young and old, think the million of us activists are marching for abortions and not healthcare. Politfact revealed that 97% of Planned Parenthood services are mostly Mammograms and preventive care. My mother knew I was weird about talking about private parts and she also, very unselfishly, knows she isn’t a doctor. My mother is the one who recommended Planned Parenthood to me at 15 years old. Fourteen years later, I think that decision saved me (and by default, my friends) from being a disadvantaged statistic.
So why am I marching? I want to know why women’s bodies are more debated on than the well-being of the American school system? Why are there so many other women in the belief that lawmakers know what’s better for a woman’s body than that woman or doctor? Is it their lack of education or the wrong education? You tell me.
Women marched for women’s rights in 1970, 1978 and more. This isn’t because Hillary won the popular vote and Trump won the electoral college, so throw the “sore loser” elementary banter away. It’s bigger than that.
It’s almost 40 years later and women are still fighting for permission to go to reputable and safe women’s care specialists ANDDDD people still can’t marry who the heck they want to marry (wooooszaaa.)
Deep down I pray for the safety and support from our new White House-elect.
If there happens to be any teen girl reading this and need help for ANY reason, Planned Parenthood is a safe haven to discuss assault, pregnancy prevention, vagina uncomfortableness, bullying, or to LEARN more about the female body (like if your parents don’t talk about it). You can visit https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ and find your nearest center.
Us proud feminists, men, women and gays, will be marching with flags a blazin’! See you there!
Women’s March on Washington Info: https://www.womensmarch.com/event-details