What started as a Facebook event has become a monumental, historic wave of resistance. The Women’s March in Washington will take place on Saturday with an expected turnout of over 200,000 people. Speakers will include feminist icon Gloria Steinem, actress America Ferrera, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and activist Angela Davis. More importantly, women, men, LGBTTQ and non-binary Americans will be there to resist the imminent threat Donald Trump’s administration poses to women’s rights.
It’s safe to say that without a single day in office, Donald Trump has managed to anger all of us by shaming women, risking women’s healthcare and reproductive rights, attacking Planned Parenthood and basically opening his mouth. And yes, we are right to be angry because the fight for women’s equality is not over, and we cannot take the chance of losing it all now.
So, be angry, be very fucking angry, scream, focus of self-care, rally others around you and aim to include everyone (please, be mindful of inclusiveness, not just of color but class, gender and sex) in our fight because it’s far from over.
Here are a few quotes to empower your journey, whether it leads you to Washington, local march or activism front of your choice:
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” -Nora Ephron
“You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?” Aunty Ifeka said. “Your life belongs to you and you alone.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
”When unique voices are united in a common cause, they make history.” -Gloria Steinem
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even if her shackles are very different from my own.” -Audre Lorde
“We identify with all women. We define our best interest as that of the poorest, most brutally exploited woman […] The time for individual skirmishes has passed. This time we are going all the way.” –Redstockings Manifesto
“The women finally understood that their participation is important if this bad situation is to change. There is no other way of seeking justice, and this is the interest of the women.” – Comandante Ramona
“We say no to the peace that keeps us on our knees, no to the peace that keeps us in chains, no to the false peace that denies the values and contributions of our peoples.” -Rigoberta Menchu“I am gifted. I am all of this. And indeed the shit. Clearly I am not just an ass.” – Jill Scott
“But you know that a king is only a man/ With flesh and bones, he bleeds just like you do/ He said ‘where does that leave you’/ And do you belong? I do, I do.” -Solange Knowles, “A Seat At the Table”
“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” -Warsan Shire