What Hope Looks Like

Do you know those events that reaffirm your hope and trust in people? Those times where you think you should give up and move on, but something or someone inspires you to keep going? Those people who shake up your perspective and urge you to move forward?

I had the privilege to witness and be a part of one of those moments. I had the joy of attending the Women’s March in New York.

I have to admit, prior to going, a tiny voice in the back of my head shouted “what if it’s not as good as you think it’ll be? What if no one really shows up?”

To that tiny voice in the back of my head: how wrong you were.

Trains both to and from New York were packed with pink hats and signs. There was cheering on my train when we arrived at Grand Central. Walking into that main room was one of the greatest sights I have ever witnessed. The building was overflowing with marchers, some carrying signs, others passing out banners and buttons. Friends, family, and strangers embraced one another with smiles and open arms.

As we began to walk to the match, it dawned on me that this way really happening. All of these people came together to unite for a common cause. And it wasn’t just New York, social media accounts showed marches across the country and all around the world. I was overtaken by the sheer awe and amazement that I was going to be a part of history, that it was something I will be proud of for the rest of my life.

After it was over, I had a few people ask me, “what was your favorite part?”

I could’ve said the marching bands and jazz bands that played alongside us. I could’ve said all of the people and their signs. The chanting and singing and dancing. I could’ve said the knowledge that thousands of people were right behind me, and there were thousands more in front.I could’ve said that I got to be a part of the narrative, a part of a historic event.

But my favorite part happened right before we began to march. A little girl was with her family, and she was upset because she was tired and wanted to march. So to make her feel better, two marchers sat down on the ground with her and began to talk to her to try to cheer her up. And even though they were surrounded by people and chaos, it was if there was no one else in the world but them. They all talked and laughed, and it was in that moment that hope was restored for me.

But make no mistake, there’s more work to be done, especially by white women. We were the demographic who voted for Trump and people like him. We were some of the ones that created this problem, and alongside others, it is up to us to repair the damage. We caused part of the problem, now it’s up to us to try to fix it before it’s too late. Please help and fight for others who do not have a voice or a platform before ours is gone too.

International Women’s Day (Or, Why I’m Proud To Be A Woman)

Happy Sunday!

Today is International Women’s Day!

For those of you who don’t know what International Women’s Day is, it is the “…general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.”

Personally, I feel that these achievements should be celebrated each and every day. But today is the day where women across the globe can stand up and celebrate who they are and what they have accomplished.

International Women’s Day is not just for the rich or famous, it’s a holiday that celebrates every woman for who they are and what they have achieved in this world. It’s for the mothers, the daughters, the sisters of the world who influence and inspire the people around them everyday. It’s for every woman to be accepted for who they are, what they have accomplished, and what they will accomplish in the future.

It’s days like today where I’m proud to be a women. Because it shows me that while there’s still work to be done regarding gender equality, International Women’s Day reminds me why I’m proud to be in the same place as so many brave, talented and empowering women. And it inspires me to strive for success, to be ambitious, to work hard to reach my goals, and to never give up on myself.

And while some may scoff at this holiday, they should know that without women, some of the things they love the most would not be available to them without the hard work and efforts of the women around them. And please know that the fight for equality is far from over, it’s only just beginning.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some of my favorite quotes about the power of women:

“Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” — Nancy Pelosi

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe

“One is not born a woman, but becomes one.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Have a great Sunday!

xxoo