Talk // Nasty Women

“I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women.” – Ruth Benedict

Thank you.

Thank you to every woman who marched today.

Thank you to the women that have been marching for decades.

Thank you to my mother, my cousins, my sister, my aunt and my friends for showing me how to protest.

Thank you to the names on my bookshelf that have shaped my concept of womanhood and sisterhood.

Thank you to the voices I listen to in my timelines and subscription boxes.

Thank you to those of you who have opened my eyes to the struggles I am lucky enough not to face.

Thank you to all the people that are fighting to smother the words of hate, misogyny, racism, homophobia, ableism and xenophobia that are being spewed out.

The last few months, full of May and Trump and their hateful rhetoric, have left me feeling helpless and resigned far more than I would like. Watching and being part of today has given me some light again.

If you are feeling the same, then keep that flame alight:

Read –

This poem by Charly Cox

This article on why Donald Trump’s presidency is something to fight against

Watch & Listen –

The TED Talk Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a few years ago

The speech from Gloria Steinem at today’s march in DC

Act-

Campaign with Rights of Women

Join and sign up to the Fawcett Society

Remember you don’t have to march to be an activist

Find safe spaces and like minded people

This is just the start. It is going to be a long battle, and the path will not be easy or smooth, but if I have all of these people alongside me I have faith. This too shall pass. We can build better.

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