women's march nyc
Power to the Nasty Women!
As I am writing this and listening to Helen Reddy's powerful anthem, "I Am Woman", I am feeling strong, invincible and woman! This was how millions and millions of people felt last weekend as we joined forces to support women's health, reproductive rights and overall empowerment.
Ever since Spice Girls declared Girl Power in the '90s, I have been a raging feminist #noshame. My belief in feminism has only expanded because of experiences like celebrating International Women's Day in Europe, attending Take Back Night, starring in Vagina Monologues, dancing to Lil' Kim's Ladies Night, embracing my body after battling an eating disorder, building positive relationships with men, getting in formation with Beyonce and watching women in my professional field kill it in every damn way. That's why when American women said we're marching to stand up to Donald Trump, I was there.
The Women's March was the biggest protest in US history, with an estimated 2.9 million fierce people in attendance. Being a part of the movement, witnessing young women beaming with pride to be females, meeting a woman who has been protesting since the 1960s and fighting for what I believe in has been the best moment of my 2017 thus far.
The weeks after the election, I realized that people in this country do not feel, think and believe that women deserve equal rights. This finding has racked my brain, but now I know that I am not alone. I now know that Helen Reddy was right. "I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore...if I have to I can face anything."