"I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me." ~Maya Angelou
I've always loved this quote as much as I admired the author, but it has never before felt so applicable to myself.
On Saturday, January 21st, 2017, over 5 million women, men and children nationwide made their voices heard. I was among them with my husband and 2 month old son.
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." ~ Gloria Steinem
"I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept." ~Angela Davis
"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." ~Margaret Thatcher
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." ~Maya Angelou
"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ~Malala Yousafzai
"A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman." ~Melinda Gates
"Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others." ~Amelia Earhart
"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me." ~Ayn Rand
"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." ~Madeleine Albright
"Women are the real architects of society." ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
This is not just about women. Stand up to violence and injustice. Call out racism and oppression. Especially if your race, gender, religion or orientation grant you privilege.