On my way home from school last Friday, I saw a woman at the bus-stop, wearing a bag with a drawing of a cat on the telephone, underneath a slogan saying ‘THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE KIND OF CAT-CALLING’. I went over to her to compliment her on it, and we started chatting. On my 10 minute journey home, we talked about women’s rights, everyday sexism, the Brexit and Donald Trump. She couldn’t have been lovelier, and as I was about get off at my stop, she asked me if I knew about the Women’s March the next day.
Of coouuuuurssse I did.
Now the reason I wrote about the lady on the bus, is that as myself and her united- two total strangers, over a 10 minute span because of our shared beliefs, I felt amazing. And at the march, I experienced this feeling again, but x100.
So to the ignorant and narrow-minded people, making remarks such as…
‘It’s not like a protest is going to change anything’
‘Donald Trump won’t step down because of your feminist tantrums’
‘What a joke.’
‘What’s the point??’
‘You’re wasting your time’
(And yes, these are real comments taken from my own and my friend’s instagram accounts after we posted about the march), this protest has empowered and inspired me and MILLIONS of others, and fighting for what’s right is ALWAYS worth my time.
I have an indescribable glow inside of me right now, knowing that over 3 million people worldwide are just as passionate as I am, and won’t be silenced. The atmosphere was completely incredible, and knowing the same was happening all over the world was amazing.
Regardless whether or not you were at the march, it’s really worth…
a) following it on social media to see some of the wittiest signs and the most powerful pictures ever
b) watching parts of it on youtube, I suggest Ashley Judd’s reading of the poem by 19 year old Nina Donovan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffb_5X59_DA (Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech is also amazing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV8tsnRFUZw) Both bring chills to me every time I listen to them (which I have been doing on repeat recently haha)
Please enjoy some of my personal favourite photos from the march worldwide (not all pics are my own!):
The world can truly be an amazing place, even if it sometimes doesn’t feel like it.