I’ve been surprised by the onslaught of negative response from the Women’s March this past weekend. I’m bewildered by it, really. I honestly can’t understand how anyone can find negativity in something that is so positive, important and necessary.
I can’t understand how some people didn’t feel the need to participate. I can’t understand anyone who truly thinks this women’s march had nothing to do with them. How can that be when we’re also fighting for you and YOUR rights?
Women, men and children from all over the world, in many different countries showed up to be a part of this event. How can so many people feel inspired, connected and dedicated to having their voices heard if none of this is truly applicable?
In fact, according to this article, there were 673 marches. And if that’s not enough…maybe the photos from all over the world will be enough to show you why this movement is so important. Why this movement does NOT stop here.
The Women’s March was an event that inspired millions of people to stand up and have a voice. To stand up and say enough is enough. It was not whining, or petulance, or an act of sore losers; it is a march fueled by positivity and empowerment. It is a march to say we’re all the same, we are all one, we all deserve to have equal rights – whether you’re man, woman, gay, transgender, or even a child – whether you supported Trump or not – this march was for you. Rights are rights are rights are rights. And we all deserve them. Even you.
The Women’s March is a march of empowerment. Standing up together, united for what is right. For what we, as humans, deserve. For what our children deserve. For education, for healthcare, for victims of domestic violence, for clean air and water, for love and compassion and humanity….for ourselves….for our rights.
Don’t mistake complacency for strength. Don’t mistake comfort for growth. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.
Instead, choose to be EMPOWERED. Choose to make someone (maybe yourself) stronger and more confident. Choose to be heard. Choose to be someone who is strong, confident and values leading by example. Choose to be someone who speaks out and lets their voice be heard. Choose to be someone who stands up for others. Choose to be the person who turns dreams into plans.
If you never stand up for yourself or for others – then who will?
Stay sweaty friends!
Join me in 2017 and stay EMPOWERED.
Nicci saysJanuary 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm
F*** YES! “How can so many people feel inspired, connected and dedicated to having their voices heard if none of this is truly applicable?” Well said – I was in complete awe and completely in-love with what I saw on Saturday. Women, men and children – no one person the same – coming together for what they believe in. We have the power, and now it’s really time to use it!
Jamie saysJanuary 24, 2017 at 8:19 pm
Alyse saysJanuary 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm
Yes. This. This every day, all day. And then some more.
Jamie saysJanuary 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm
You inspire me every day! 🙂 xoxo
Allie saysJanuary 25, 2017 at 3:19 am
I am 100% WITH the women’s movement and everything it stands for BUT, I think we need to find out why so many women (especially white women like you and me) are so disconnected and could possibly be against this movement that is supposed to be about ALL women. That disconnect (and why 53% of white women astoundingly voted Trump) is what we need to figure out, otherwise we are just preaching to the choir.
Jamie saysJanuary 27, 2017 at 11:06 am
True – very interesting – I don’t really understand the disconnect – as a white woman, I still feel that I do not have equal rights – as a white woman business owner, I definitely see the gender gap on a daily basis.
Stacy saysJanuary 25, 2017 at 9:18 am
I was in D.C. for the march and was overwhelmed by the love and good energy that everyone had. I loved the chants and the signs. I loved how creative people were in expressing themselves. I loved how many people showed up to use their voice, to be heard, to be SEEN. Everyone I met had such purpose and fire. But when I came home, I also saw a lot of negativity and CONFUSION on my facebook and just online in general about what we were doing. I don’t understand THEM for not understand our need to march, to protest, to RESIST. Thank you for marching with us. For us! I’m only sorry I didn’t get to meet you there!
Jamie saysJanuary 27, 2017 at 11:05 am
I am SO jealous that you got to be there in DC – must have been amazing to feel all that energy around you! XOXO