Earlier this week I shared why I took my 12-year-old son to the Woman’s March in our state capitol. As the week went on lots of other women shared why they did or did not go to their march. I found it interesting to read the different reasons people chose to go or not.
Here are a few posts from bloggers that I found interesting and thought you might as well. I tried to pick posts that are across the board on how women felt about it. Obviously, I’m biased towards the Woman’s March and what it represents but I’m open to reading differing opinions as long as they are somewhat respectful.
Five Posts About The Woman’s March You Need To Read
I’m With Her! And That Guy by Beth Wylie (a fellow Oklahoma blogger). She typically writes about genealogy but was at the Oklahoma City march. She does a great job of reminding us that we are the children and grandchildren of women who fought for the vote and men and women who fought for civil rights and that the fight goes on.
“For me, Johnson’s most profound message was to create an “eco-system of work v. an echo-chamber of rhetoric.” These past months many, including myself, have complained and criticized. However, if we are just talking and not doing, then we aren’t contributing to a solution.”
An Invitation to American Women: May Your Marching (and Non-Marching) Lead Here Next by Christine Chappell. I really appreciate Christine’s advice regardless of how you feel about the Women’s March. We can’t sit back on our laurels now that the march is over pat ourselves on our backs for a job well done. Nor can we complain that women have nothing to complain about.
“No matter which side you find yourself occupying, whether you spout #womensmarch or #notmymarch, my hope is that all can agree on this critical point: love will win in the end. It is here that you have your biggest opening, dear women; in this moment, you have the opportunity to turn zeal into tangible action. You really do have the power you proclaim to possess…the power to make a difference in the life of another.”
Christine even offers up suggestions of how you can turn your passion (no matter which side your zeal falls on) into the action of caring for someone else.
I Didn’t March by Jennifer Robbins. Jennifer missed the march and admits that she could have gone but like many of us, life got in the way. She laments that she missed it and I really appreciate that she recognizes that the reason to march wasn’t just about her and her life experience.
“The fact that I felt I could say no thanks to the March just demonstrates how privileged I am.”
Our Big Fat Adventure – What Happened When My Son And I Went To The Presidential Inauguration And Accidentally Got Caught In A Women’s March is by Lucille Zimmerman. Whew, that is quite a title! But she really did have a big adventure and really did get caught in the Women’s March by accident. I wanted to share this post for a couple of reasons. One, because even though Lucille and I have differing political opinions and differing views of our president, I feel confident that we can both respect each other. I’m confident that we see each other as children of God and can respect each other because of that. Two, because I wanted to post something from another point of view of someone who was at the march in D.C.
“There was so much talk of menstruation, blood, panties, and the P and C words. As a women I have never felt put upon so I still struggle to understand why the crowd was so angry.”
To Christy on Facebook, Who Doesn’t Need The Woman’s March by Susan Speer. Apparently, there is a woman on FB named Christy who had a post go viral about why she didn’t need the March. This was a great response to her and all the women who couldn’t understand why March when it is clear that women have rights. We have the right to vote, we have access to health care, we have jobs, we can stay home with kids or go to work.
“You say your voice is heard. You say you’re not a second-class citizen. So what’s the problem, amirite? Again, I’m full of assumptions here, but you feel like your voice is heard, because maybe you have no idea what it feels like to not be heard. You don’t feel like a second-class citizen, because you’ve never been one.”
Susan challenges women to look beyond their own personal experiences and privileges to try and understand why so many women are enraged at how they have been treated, looked over, marginalized, forced to choose between healthcare and groceries.
Finally, a bonus post from this week. This one is by author Sarah Bessey. On Being a Christian And A Feminist…And Belonging Nowhere is an absolutely perfect description of women who both love Jesus and also love human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights. She beautifully describes what is beautiful and heartbreaking in both Christianity and Feminism and why she feels like she no longer fits into either label.
“The family of God is big and diverse, beautiful and global. So is feminism. So these dogmatic labels, while sometimes useful for discussion in books and classes (not so much on Facebook, tbh) aren’t always the right boundaries for a life or relationship. Most of us live somewhere in between them.”
Sarah is the author of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women which has jumped to the top of my need-to-read list. (Dang, that list is getting really long.)
I hope you enjoyed this list of posts about the Woman’s March and I hope it helped you see a side that you hadn’t considered before.