Women's March on Washington ft. The Outrage
Life for women has improved since my grandmother's time however, over the past few years I feel as if female advancement has gone backwards. We have laws dictating what a woman can do with her body, we're still being paid less for the same work, and I still know hundreds of girls who would never dream of calling themselves feminists.
The literal definition of the word is equality of the sexes! Which is why I think the Womens March on Washington on the 21st of January is so important. It will be a time for women to speak about our frustration with how the government is handling our rights. I don't think you need to be a raging liberal hippie (even though I take pride in being one) to see that women aren't equal to men in American society minority women even less. So this will be the perfect time to let our government and the entire country know women aren't happy with how we're being treated and that we demand change. Below is a video I think EVERYONE should watch. It's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Ted Talk 'We Should All Be Feminists." She speaks of her personal experience with feminism in an inviting and relatable manner.
A few weeks back my friend and I visited The Outrage a pop up shop in Adams Morgan specifically made for the Women's March on Washington. 100% of the proceeds of the shop will benefit Planned Parenthood a non profit organization which is at risk of being defunded. As someone who works in healthcare and has volunteered at numerous Planned Parenthoods around the area, this act by congress breaks my heart. There seems to be the idea that all Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions and while they do offer those services they do so much more. They offer screening for breast cancer, family planning for low income families, maternity care for pregnant women, reproductive care and, so much more! They're a leader in Global health and if they get defunded I worry for all those families who will lose their doctors and not get the care they need.
I loved walking around and seeing all the items the store has to offer, from fun t shirts to buttons to bags. Something for everyone. I picked up this 'The Future is Female' sweatshirt. It's so soft and warm not to mention my money is going towards a cause I care about so much! A win win if you ask me!! If you aren't local to Washington DC, you can still purchase all the goodies from The Outrage online.
Saturday I will be attending the Women's March on Washington, the event is free so if you live locally or care to attend I do hope you do! You might not agree 100% with my politics but, I hope you do agree that women need their voices heard. With the new government coming into office Friday, I think it's especially important because they need to know where we stand and we must hold them accountable to their promises made during the election season.
I hope to see you all there!
Ps. This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own