How this got started…
During the 2016 Presidential election, we started texting. Over the 24 hours following the announcement that Donald Trump was the President Elect, we were distraught, we were angry, we were catatonic. And then we were inspired.
During Hillary’s concession speech she thanked young women for allowing her to be their champion and she asked us to “never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams.”
That message stuck. That message matters. And that is the message that led to us to start throwing the idea of a blog around.
What we want…
Our country is in a state. Some think it’s a state of despair, chaos, hate and pain. Some think it’s a state of transition to something new, to something better. A lot of us are scared, but hopeful. A lot of us feel alone.
You are not alone. You are not forgotten. Your voice matters.
This blog is meant to be somewhere for us to express our feelings, our inspirations, and our concerns about the world we live in, and the events we are facing as a nation and as individuals. Somewhere to promote civil discourse and community. We don’t want anyone to feel marginalized, even those with beliefs different from ours.
When I was ten, I wrote an essay on Gloria Steinem. The assignment was to write about one of our inspirations. That next year I did projects on Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and Cleopatra- clearly women who were ‘before their time’ made an impression on me. When I was 20, I wrote my thesis for my Political Science degree on the treatment of women within the American workplace. And when I was 25, I tried to elect the first female leader of the free world. I am ready to stop having to refer to strong women who fight for equality and progress as ‘ahead of their time’. It’s been time for far too long. We can’t afford to wait for our rights to be given to us. It’s very clearly the time to fight, the time to stake a claim on who we are, and what we value.
As Gloria once said, “any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.” So this is my rally cry to my fellow sisters, and brothers, and those who don’t identify with either, we’re all in this together. Let’s hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.
Don’t let the muggles get you down.