To Those Who Marched:

Disclaimer: I’m not a political expert.  I do my research in topics that I am concerned about, and I have strong opinions on things I believe in.  I do not write things to anger others who have different beliefs than I do, but in the case that it happens, let us all remember to put aside our political differences and be respectful to one another.

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The last Saturday, millions all over the world participated in the #WomensMarch.  Sadly, I was not one of them.  However, that’s not why I’m writing.  To be perfectly honest, I didn’t plan on participating in the Women’s March.  I didn’t plan accordingly, but I wish I had been a part of that moment in history.  But once again, this post isn’t about my lack of marching.  Instead, this one goes out to my ladies.

To all the women who marched, I thank you.  Thank you for marching in solidarity with one another, and thank you for participating in one of the largest and most peaceful protests U.S. history.  Thank you for standing up for all rights beyond the hashtag.  Thank you for standing with Planned Parenthood.  Thank you for standing for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.  Thank you for standing for the fabric of our country, the people of color.  Thank you for standing with our Muslim sisters and brothers who are in fear of this presidency.  Thank you for uplifting one another, and all those around us.  Thank you for being inclusive of anyone who wanted to stand up for these rights, no matter the age, gender, race, or sexual preference.

I experienced the Women’s March vicariously through social media, and I was so impressed by all that I saw.  Ladies, we are strong, smart, and creative.  I’ve seen so many different signs that I loved that have all been heartwarming, sassy, and incredibly clever.  I love that so many women have honored Carrie Fisher’s iconic role of Princess Leia through their posters that read, “A Woman’s Place is in The Resistance”.  I felt chills as I heard a beautiful group of women sing, “I Can’t Keep Quiet”, which has practically become the anthem to the movement, and that I’ve now listened to every day since Saturday.  I am totally digging the pussy-hats that hundreds of thousands of women have made and worn to be in solidarity with one another.  I loved seeing the sea of pink across cities and states, and seeing the solidarity that spread around the world.

Ladies, we are capable of anything.  If this march proved anything, it is that we are not going to back down while there are others who are not being treated with equality.  It proved that we can, and will work together until we see changes that need to be made. Let us continue to strive forth for a better future for ourselves, for our daughters, our nieces, our friends, our students, and for anyone who wants to see the same positive changes in the world.  And until then, remember, “I Can’t Keep Quiet”.

XO,
E.T.

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