“I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend.” We often forget and sometimes downplay the power of a woman. For centuries our gender has been portrayed as the weakest link. Incapable of getting through life’s tough ventures without a man by our sides. For centuries the female gender has demonstrated how much perseverance and the power of love can lead to, a lot of the times unnoticed. I dedicate this post to the silent heroes, the ones who didn’t get acknowledged for their hard work, the ones who didn’t ask for the acknowledgment because everything they did was out of love and dedication. To the ones who haven’t found their voice and direction, and for the ones guiding them by being an empowering example. To my mother, my grandmothers, my aunts, and my future mother-in-law. To my cousins, my friends, my co-workers, to all the women in the world. “Oh yes I am wise, but it’s wisdom born of pain. Yes, I’ve paid the price, but look how much I gained”
The Women’s March took the center stage not only in America but throughout the world. Thank You to the millions who joined in peace and solidarity on January 21st, 2017. This worldwide event began in response to the new Republican administration led by Trump (or is it Putin?) As an awareness call in support of women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, climate change, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, against Islamophobia and workers’ rights.
“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
About 52% percent of the World’s population are women, and on January 21st, 2017 the majority made their presence be known. A record-breaking number of attendees made Women’s March one of the most powerful grassroots marches in history. “In Washington D.C. alone, the protests were the largest political demonstrations since the anti–Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and 1970s” I didn’t make it to the official March in Washington, but I made it to my home state’s in New York. This was one of the many sister marches taking place around the globe.
Over 400, 000 people from all nationalities gathered peacefully to support each other and the ones that need a voice in New York City. Women, men, and children from all walks of life, nationalities, and religious backgrounds all chanted in unison “My body, my choice!” / “Her body, her choice!”, “Donald Trump! Go away! Racist, sexist, anti-gay!” and “Hey hey! Ho-ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” We all shared a common goal, true equality for all, oh yeah! And our big disapproval of Trump. We began our march on 46th street and 1st avenue in Manhattan (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations.) To be honest, I didn’t know what kind of attendance numbers to expect. I thought we would have a big turn out, but I also knew that a lot of New Yorkers made their way to Washington march the night before. Wow! What an exciting atmosphere James and I walked into. While we waited for the rest of our friends to join, we stood on the sideline feeding of the excitement shown on people’s faces. Admiring the powerful and witty signs (Genius Copywriting has been one of New Yorker’s many qualities) passing our way. I stepped behind the lens to capture and spotlight the amazing people, (not just women) who took part on that day.
An estimated growing number of 4 million citizens of the world marched throughout the 7 continents. Regardless of the naysayers, the numbers and pictures don’t lie. Jeremy Pressman, professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, and Erica Chenowith, professor of international relations at the University of Denver took it a step further by drafting a public Google sheet tallying up the number of attendants broken down by city, state, and country. Phenomenal! Their compilation shows estimates for over 500 U.S. cities ranging from Denver, Fairfax, Las Vegas, Marfa, Hawaii and others in between. The sheet also lists international cities including Seoul, Lancaster, Kassel, and New Delhi. The researchers noted that they will continue to collect more data until January 26th at 5 pm.
If you want to learn more and get involved in the movement I recommend you take on the 10 Actions/100-day challenge initiated by the Women’s March organization. Get informed + Get Involved. The march was an example of what could happen if we all rally together and fight for the main cause, Equality for All. We can’t do this along, and not because we are weak damsels unable to cope, but because these are not issues important to a specific gender. You can’t ignore the situation. “I am woman watch me grow. See me standing toe to toe as I spread my loving arms across the land. But I’m still an embryo with a long, long way to go until I make my brother understand”
I leave you with this inspirational and powerful Ted talk titled “We should all be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer, and short story writer. Named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 by The New Yorker, and featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Definitely someone to get familiar with. A funny, smart role model for all of us.
“I am woman. I am invincible. I am strong”