Why I March #WomensMarch

Posted on June 13 2017

As many of you who follow Heartman on social media know, this past Saturday I attended the Women's March in Madison, WI with two of my friends. It was a somewhat spontaneous and last minute decision to go, but I'm so glad I did. I really didn't know what to expect going into the march. I have never been involved in any type of protest or public demonstration before. I had a little bit of imposter syndrome going into it - wondering if I should really be there or if I'm a poser for going having never really actively done much about women's rights despite feeling passionate about it. But despite my reluctance, I went with two of my fellow feminist friends.

The march was actually quite different than what I expected. Given the march was the day after the inauguration, I expected a lot more anger and bitterness - but it wasn't at all. Everyone was positive and peaceful, mostly holding signs promoting kindness, acceptance, and equality - issues that should cross party lines. People came fighting for various causes, from gender equality, to religious freedom, to straight up saying YO science is real - but everyone came with the intention to demand an administration fueled with good intentions instead of hatred and bigotry. The tone was positive and inspiring, giving me hope that things won't be so bad as long as we can continue to come together and demand our voices be heard.

I don't know what to expect with our new president. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't extremely nervous about what's to come. I hope for the sake of the country I am dead wrong and he does a great job. But until I am given reason to believe he will lead this country in the right direction, I will continue to promote the causes I think will be ignored - women's rights, sexual assault, climate change, civil rights, religious freedom, and honestly just basic human decency. The president works for us, not the other way around. Speak up, get inspired, and take action.

I think at the end of the day, most humans have good-intentions. I don't believe as individuals that republicans or democrats are inherently more moral. At our core we want the same thing and want a society that lives harmoniously - we just aren't listening to each other. I encourage everyone to challenge their own beliefs, question your own party, and listen to UNDERSTAND not just to RESPOND. Maybe if as citizens we can listen to each other, our president will do the same. We all need to do better.

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