From the moment I found out we were having a march in Seattle, I was all in.
I’ve never participated in anything this…big…before. I’m excited and a little nervous, to be honest.
When people ask why I’m marching tomorrow, the answer is simple:
I march for all of us.
I march for every woman who has been told that she shouldn’t or couldn’t do something because “good girls don’t do that,” or “women shouldn’t be like that.”
I march for everyone who told us men don’t like women who are too smart, accomplished, outspoken, or confident. (My husband would argue otherwise…he likes my loud mouth just fine.)
I march for Planned Parenthood, who helped me out when I was a poor college student without insurance. I continue to go there because they are amazing healthcare providers for both women and men. I hope you thrive for many, many years to come.
I march for every women’s studies student I poked fun at in grad school. I’m deeply sorry, and I understand now more than ever what you were all so angry about.
I march for every woman who has been told that how she dressed, spoke, or behaved led to her being a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence. For every woman who was told, directly or indirectly, that she was asking for it. You didn’t. None of us did.
I march for every time woman who feels the outside world is a dangerous, violent place for women. I hope that changes someday, and that we teach both girls and boys that they have equal right to occupy public spaces.
I march for the next generation of women, who I hope are watching (or marching) today and see that we all care deeply about the world you are growing up in.
I hope everyone marching tomorrow has a safe, positive experience. 🙂