To prevent child sexual abuse. Equality is the only way we will prevent child abuse. Our laws value property more than women and children.
For my daughter and yours. They deserve to go to school, go for a run, go to the mall, and go to work without fear of being sexually harassed and assaulted.
For girls who were told that boys only pick on girls they like and for the women who grew up with that belief and attracted abusive partners.
For your sons because men are more likely to be sexually assaulted than they are to be falsely accused.
For your sons because they deserve to know that equality, respect, and consent benefits them just as much as it does women. They need to learn that “boys will be boys” is just as harmful to them as it is to girls.
For my trans family members because they are the most marginalized group of all. They deserve to be who they want to be, and nobody has a right to decide that for them.
For all LGBTQIA+ because I am dedicated to learning how to be a better ally and because I believe everyone has a right to be who they choose, to love who they choose, to marry (or not) who they choose. Love is love.
For our economy because statistics show that companies are more profitable when they have equal representation on their boards and women still make approximately 70 cents to every dollar a man makes, even less for women of color.
For all people of color because I know they are oppressed in many ways I have even yet to learn and I believe the color of your skin should not determine the life you live.
For immigrants and natives because I am dedicated to learning about all humans on this planet. This is our planet, we all belong, and we are more alike than we are different.
For all the victims that I sit with on a weekly basis while they get their rape kit exam.
For all the victims of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment that aren’t ready to come forward.
For all the victims of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment that have come forward.
For the 5 out of 1000 rape victims who actually get to see their rapist convicted and the 995 who will never get justice.
For all athletes who think that “locker room talk” is acceptable and that beating and raping women is ok as long as you can win a game.
For all athletes who think they have to suck it up and endure abuse in order to make it to the next level or play the sport they love.
For Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who risked her life, her home, the safety of her family, her career, her reputation, her friends, and her financial security to serve our country.
For all of those who can’t march due to a disability.
For all of those who won’t march due to misunderstanding or lack of information.
For all of the women who ran for office this year, regardless of party and outcome.
For our country because: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor” (Desmond Tutu) You will find me at the Women’s March tomorrow wearing a shirt with this quote. I hope to see you there!