This past Saturday, millions of women around the world gathered to fight for women's rights and equality. On Facebook I saw friends participating all over this country, from Seattle to Boston, to the original DC march. I even saw peers posting internationally, from the UK and France.
These months since the election have been difficult, as many women in America are faced with the loss of health care and the defunding of important programs such as Planned Parenthood. Young girls will be growing up in a country that is lead by a president who openly speaks of sexual assault and harassment as if it is the norm. In light of these fears, the opportunity to come together with 175,000 feminist women and men in my city alone was truly incredible. It was more than funny posters and witty lines, it was the feeling that we are not alone in this struggle and that together women can make the change we need to see.
My hope is that this march is effective. While I struggle to imagine it will influence the president or his crew of misogynists, at the very least we as marchers should use it as an opportunity to influence ourselves. Be inspired by your own participation to go further. Volunteer with organizations that will be harmed by Trump's legislation, whether that be Planned Parenthood, NARAL, or even environmental organizations. Give your time to helping others with less privilege than yourself, and stay active in the political process while being mindful of intersectionality and considering the concerns of minorities. Know that simply seeing the march on the news will not be enough to break the deep roots of sexism in our society. Avoid "slacktivism" and go through with your promises to make progress in real ways.
This past year I really fell behind in blogging. Even though it was a year of excitment (and plenty to talk about) I let stress take over and push my blog to the wayside. After a lot of thought, I decided to give myself a fresh start, a new platform, and a renewed commitment to something I enjoy.
In 2016 I took on a lot. An executive role in my sorority, leadership positions in several clubs, and a new internship took priority over hobbies and passions. Luckily, I feel like I've finally found a balance between these things as I've let myself settle into a routine. If 2016 was the year of realizing things (mainly realizing my tendency to spread myself thin), 2017 will definitely be the year of enjoying them. I've made a few goals for myself this year to help me, each intended to help me find the time to keep up with the things I love.
Overall I'm really ready for what 2017 has to offer. This year I will be travelling more, graduating from UW, and hopefully sticking with my resolutions along the way.
Sweater: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Sole Food
Choker: Forever 21
24 | Seattle, Wa