I took this selfie on the morning of election day. I was feeling optimistic and hopeful and ready to take on the world on behalf of women everywhere.
And we all know what happened next.
It’s been a few days and I’m still not feeling optimistic or hopeful about a Trump presidency. And I am dismayed and disappointed in those who are telling the Clinton supporters to “get over it, already” because I believe I have the right to feel how I feel for as long as I need to feel it.
I am, though, a hopeful person. And because of that, I am feeling buoyed by the good things I am seeing people do. People who are donating more to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. People who are looking for ways to become active in their communities, to speak up if they see someone being treated unfairly, to volunteer and help in areas of immigration and ESL, food insecurity and more. Personally, I think it’s time for me to step up in my own community and get involved with our Democratic Town Community. To join the League of Women Voters and to begin donating again to the National Organization for Women. Because, really, if you aren’t part of the solution then you are part of the problem.
I am woman. Hear me roar.