#WhyIMarch

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. ― Women’s March ‘Mission & Vision

The first week of the Trump administration aimed to show the world that Donald Trump will deliver on his promises. Already he has moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act, withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, build a wall along the US-Mexico border and withhold federal funds from cities which provide sanctuary for Mexican immigrants.
He and Sean Spicer have also argued with the media about having the largest inauguration crowd ever (he didn't lol) and millions of votes being illegally cast.
And I don't know about you but I for one can't bear for this man to be president for 4 years. Not only did we not elect the first female president, but we allowed a man with a complete lack of respect for women, the LGBT+ community and basically every other minority group in existence to become president instead.
As a Hillary supporter I was obviously devastated that she lost, but I also felt helpless as I couldn't get to a march and I don't even live in America. However, wherever you are in the world, however old you are, you can make a difference. Here are just a few things that you can do which won't take longer but will make a huge difference when done in numbers.
  • Join the 10 Actions for the First 100 Days campaign - It was set up by the same people who organised the Women's March on Washington and it aims to tackle 1 issue that people care about every 10 days.
  • Donate money to organizations who are vulnerable under the Trump administration. The Huffington Post have a huge list which you can take a look at here.
  • Sign petitions to protest Trump and his administration. Change.org has a page of all of the petitions focusing on Trump here. Remember it's not just about signing petitions to kick Trump out, but also the smaller things like protecting the Affordable Care Act and to stop Steve Bannon
  • Do not watch the Celebrity Apprentice! NBC has decided to air another series of the show so don't watch it, and boycott the whole network if you can bear to live without the quality entertainment that I'm sure it provides (jk, I live in the UK so I don't even know what they air)
  • If you live in the US you can write letters, make phone calls or email senators and members of Congress
  • Share your views on social media, blogs, YouTube or anywhere that people will see and you can make your voice heard.
#WhyIMarch is a hashtag on twitter where you can see why people choose to participate in activities which oppose Trump but more importantly, help end sexism and discrimination. Here are some of the reasons #WhyIMarch
  • To honour those who have fought for my rights even before I was born, and continue to fight for them day in and day out.
  • For my family and friends' rights, lives and happiness.
  • To make sure that people recognize that it is wrong and there is no excuse for anyone to be sexist or misogynistic, no matter who they are or where they come from.
  • Because I have never experienced discrimination based on my race, sexuality or religion and I want everyone to have that privilege.
  • Because if a woman can do the same job as a man, she should have the same pay and level of respect.
  • Because there has never been a female President or Vice President of the US, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, Director of the FBI or CIA, and hardly any major news outlets have ever had a female editor. 
  • Because as Hillary Clinton said 'too many women, in too many countries speak the same language of silence'

I hope that you feel somewhat inspired by this post and I strongly encourage any other bloggers to share your opinions and spread the world. Why do you march?

Emily x

4 comments:

  1. This was a really well written post and i thoughroloy enjoyed reading it! I admire you for sharing your opinion! X

    Kate// itskaterose.blogspot.com

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  2. I really admire you for this, more people need to get their views out there to make a difference! Thank you for sharing - it's so important!

    Alice x
    girlabroad.co.uk

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  3. Hi there, I cam across your blog and throughly enjoy what I see.. This is truely inspiraring! Keep it up! It would be great if we could support each other. I just started my own blog if you would like to check it out:D

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