As I mentioned on Friday, over the weekend I traveled to Washington D.C. for the Women's March on Washington with some of my closest friends and even though I knew going in what an empowering experience the march was going to be, the act itself was so incredibly powerful it now holds a place along with the birth of my children as being one of the most inspiring and life-changing things that I have ever done. Like a lot of you I have felt incredibly lost since the election, and really for the year leading up to it. Seeing daily a version of America, which was so different from the one that I envisioned had left me feeling very alone. The fact that we spend so much time in another country often amplifies these thoughts and often I wonder why it is that we choose to stay here, and raise our children here, when the country seems to be going in a direction that is completely against our family's core beliefs.
After Saturday, all that has changed.
Saturday, I was with hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children who all feel and think the same that I do. At one point I joked that it was like my Instagram feed had come to life right in front of my eyes. There were people of every sex and color and walk of life and together we peacefully stood side by side with one strong message; we are all in this together. The day was so incredibly inspiring and in the end it had nothing to do with the current administration. The point of the march wasn't to stop Trump, we already had our chance to do that, rather the goal was to show Trump and the world that we are united. It was to say I am here for you, and I listen to you and I will fight for you and I know that you will do the same for me.
For years, I have felt silenced because I am a woman, and a stay-at-home mother, and because I don't financially contribute to my family. I chose to lose my voice because I didn't feel like I had the right to be in the discussion. I now realize that just because I'm not the primary breadwinner, that doesn't mean that I can't fight for things that impact women every day, even if I myself am never affected. We ARE the 51% majority and we all HAVE to ban together. We have to do this for future generations in the same way that prior generations did for us. We have to stand up for what we think is right, and we have to do so at all costs. Together we are so incredibly strong and if we ever need a reminder of that we can just look at the images from last weekend, where nearly three million people in pink hats joined together all around the world to be heard. To let the world know that we matter. To demand equality.
I certainly found my voice Saturday, and I've read stories from thousands of women who feel the same. I really can't wait to see what each of us chooses to do with it and after last weekend I realize that I am not alone, and I will never again let anyone make me feel that way. Two days ago, I saw the most beautiful version of what America can be and I promise to fight every day until that version becomes our every day reality. Together we really can do anything. I vow to stand with you, and I hope that you will stand with me. Xx
Now, what do we do next? I plan on doing these 10 action items in the next 100 days as recommended by the organizers of the march. I hope you will join me in doing the same. Let's never forget how powerful we felt just a few shorts days ago. It's time to turn that power into action! Who's with me?