Today, I had the honor and privilege to participate in the Women’s March of New Orleans. Never in my life have I felt so empowered, so proud to be a woman, as I felt while walking with the thousands of women and men today. Up until recently, I’ve been a little reluctant to claim the title “feminist”, due to the ridicule I knew I might face in my hometown. This is an unfortunate reality that many of my new college friends had never had to experience.
So, while it may be polarizing, here I am, officially branding myself a feminist. Unashamed, unafraid, unapologetically. I have known for a long time that this who I am, that this is a big part of me, and I am done hiding it just to appease those around me. I have a voice, and I want to use it, I need to use it. The world has come a long way for women’s rights, but there is still so much to do. Fight for those around you that cannot fight for themselves. Stand up for equality and do not back down. Listen to those around you, listen to their experiences, and support them in any way you can.
Perhaps most importantly, stop making feminism a dirty word. If you believe in equality, you believe in feminism, plain and simple. Fighting for someone else’s rights in no way lessens your own. If you have the opportunity to attend an event like this one, I implore you to do so. Cliche as it sounds, it has changed me. Never again will I hide in the shadows while others participate in this fight, and I hope you will do the same.
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xoxo, second sister suzie