Why I marched, January 21, 2017

Womens March, Walnut Creek
Women’s March, Walnut Creek

I’ve been trying to come up with a blog post of why I marched in my local Woman’s March, January 21st, 2017.  I’m not happy with what I’ve written but I’ll share it anyway below.

First I’ll share this link to a blog that I think is outstanding.You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry. by Dina Leygerman, 2017 shared via Medium

Please take the time to read that blog.  You will be doing yourself some good.

Why did I march on January 21st, 2017

Why did I march?

Because I have felt unsettled.

Because I have felt conflicted.

Because I have not felt free to ask for the respect I deserve.

Because I have not felt appreciated.

Because I have not felt that equality exists between the sexes.

Because I have been afraid to speak up.

Because I have been afraid to go after what I want.

Because I have been afraid of labels. (Don’t be a bitch.)

Because I have heard from society that I have less value than a man.

Because I have had these messages drilled into me starting at such an early age.

Because I have for my entire lifetime seen women objectified.

Because I have heard “what do you know, you’re a girl?”

Because I have been told not to ask why?

Because I have had male doctors treated me as if Celiac was all in my head.

Because I often don’t feel safe

Because I have friends, adopted daughters, co-workers, and cousins children who are gay.

Because I have been fed messages since childhood that girls are weak and cowards.

Because I have got to change the messages I give to our daughters.

Walnut Creek Women's March
Walnut Creek Women’s March

Why did I march?

Because women need to stop saying “I’m sorry!” for everything.

Because women need the support of women and men.

Because women need to know they’re not alone.

Because women need to find their voice.

Because women can make a difference.

Because women need to become the change.

Because women need to ask “why?”

Because women deserve an answer.

Because women deserve to not be objectified.

Because women deserve to be respected.

Because women deserve to be appreciated.

Civic Park, Walnut Creek
Civic Park, Walnut Creek

Because women deserve to not be labeled.

Because women deserve to be heard.

Because women deserve to be loved for being human and not perfect.

Because we are only human.