this woman can not be president

if you can afford to buy a $30 shirt with a political slogan (”nasty woman” and “not my president” and many other catchphrases relevant to the current political climate) you can afford to check who’s selling them. just who are you giving your hard earned cash to. there are far too many opportunistic white people, opportunistic straight men and opportunistic corporations trying to capitalize off our need to protest. don’t help them.

chloebennetWe marched in our nations capitol today. I was moved to tears standing shoulder to shoulder with women and men from not just all around the country, but all around the world. A lot of you ask me why we march.. we march for equality. We march because women’s rights are human rights. We march because black lives matter and love is LOVE. We march because everyone woman has the right to her own fucking body. We march because we will NOT normalize a bigoted, sexist, racist, egotistical, stale Cheeto as our president. Today was incredible. 👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿 To all of my sisters (and brothers) marching today wherever you are, remember to keep this fire!!🔥 Today was just the beginning. Meet with your friends, know who your representatives are, vote every TWO years not just every four. Be vocal. Stay politically active. Fight for those who can’t. This is the beginning. 🎀🎀🌸🌸 #womensmarchonwashington#womensmarch

Trump: I need to say something about Black History. Names! I NEED NAMES!

Aides: Harriet Tubman

Trump: That’s the woman on the $20? Yes. More!

Aides: Rosa Parks!

Trump: I need to balance it out. Two Black women, one Black man. We can’t use Martin Luther King again, he’s got a whole damn day.

Aides: Fredrick Douglass!

Trump: TRAFFIC! I heard that name a lot with Republicans!

[Graphic from New York Times - Headline: Trump: That Frederick Douglass “has done an amazing job.”

Yes, that Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist and statesman who died in 1895.

Meeting with African-American supporters at the White House on Wednesday, the president let it be known that Mr. Douglass, an important figure in American history, had come to his attention.

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Mr. Trump said. “Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. A big impact.”

Yes, he said that.]

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

Dear Hillary,

Thank you for running.  Thank you so much for proving that women are powerful and just as important as men in society.  Thank you for believing that women have a choice, for believing in climate change, for believing in affordable healthcare, for believing in minorities and the LGBTQ+ community, for believing that everyone’s voice matters and that democracy and freedom is real.  Thank you for showing the world that you are a strong, independent woman who can do exactly what she sets her mind to do.  Thank you for being a role model to so many (including myself) and for giving me hope in America.

You are so important to the future of this country, and to the future of its citizens.

Thank you.

May we never forget what we meant when we said #imwithher

In 1981, Alexa Canady became the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the US.

Dr. Canady holds two honorary degrees: a doctorate of humane letters from the University of Detroit-Mercy, awarded in 1997, and a doctor of science degree from the University of Southern Connecticut, awarded in 1999.

She received the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Teacher of the Year award in 1984, and was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Frame in 1989. In 1993, she received the American Medical Women’s Association President’s Award and in 1994 the Distinguished Service Award from Wayne State University Medical School.

In 2002, the Detroit News named her Michiganer of the Year.

Now, don’t ever say, you can’t do something because this woman literally has done the impossible!

#AlexaCanady
#BlackHistoryMonth

“I’m not Barack Obama. I’m not Bill Clinton. Both of them carry themselves with a naturalness that is very appealing to audiences. But I’m married to one and I’ve worked for the other, so I know how hard they work at being natural. It’s not something they just dial in. They work and they practice what they’re going to say. It’s not that they’re trying to be somebody else. But it’s hard work to present yourself in the best possible way. You have to communicate in a way that people say: ‘OK, I get her.’ And that can be more difficult for a woman. Because who are your models? If you want to run for the Senate, or run for the Presidency, most of your role models are going to be men. And what works for them won’t work for you. Women are seen through a different lens. It’s not bad. It’s just a fact. It’s really quite funny. I’ll go to these events and there will be men speaking before me, and they’ll be pounding the message, and screaming about how we need to win the election. And people will love it. And I want to do the same thing. Because I care about this stuff. But I’ve learned that I can’t be quite so passionate in my presentation. I love to wave my arms, but apparently that’s a little bit scary to people. And I can’t yell too much. It comes across as ‘too loud’ or ‘too shrill’ or ‘too this’ or ‘too that.’ Which is funny, because I’m always convinced that the people in the front row are loving it.”

“Tomorrow, with your vote, you can say that this country has always been great. That it is the greatest nation on earth. A country where a girl like me from the south side of Chicago whose great-great grandfather was a slave can go to some of the finest universities on earth. A country where… a passionate, outspoken young woman determined to do all the good she can can go on to break the highest, hardest glass ceiling and become our president.”

-Michelle Obama, Nov. 7 2016

it’s just…… so sad.

my mother has always told me stories about growing up with sexism, when women were barely doctors, when my mother’s teachers told her women can’t do this and this and this, how time and time again she has been targeted for being a woman, and with this election, my mom was so excited to be able to vote for a female president. because that would have shown how far we’ve come in her lifetime alone. she would say that she was so happy and so proud to be able to vote for a woman and to have her daughter (me) voting in the most important election of [my mother’s] life. she texted me the morning the polls opened and said she was the first one there and that she even wore a pantsuit in honor of Hillary and how even though people gave her dirty looks, she was so proud and so happy to have been able to vote for a woman despite all the changes women have faced. i was happy for her (regardless of what Hillary may or may not have done). i even had a little hope that maybe, maybe, it might happen. it should have happened.

we had probably the most qualified person to ever run for presidency face someone the least qualified and she lost.

i was the one who stayed awake to watch the results. i was the one who, in horror, shame, disgust, anger, texted my mother at 2 in the morning to tell her that trump won. i was just so disappointed. i wanted so badly to be the one to tell her that her dream had come true. she texted me later in the morning and said she was in shock and she felt like crying (which i had been doing since the results came in)

it’s just so crazy that not only was the most qualified candidate defeated, she was a woman who was defeated by a blatant and proud misogynist, a racist, transphobic, xenophobic, homophobic, a rapist, a child molester who brags about being able to get away with sexually assaulting women and girls because he’s famous.

yes, we’ve come so far in america with women’s rights, but not far enough. millions and millions of people chose to knowingly elect a rapist.

i am terrified for women’s reproductive rights, for equality in the workplace, for all the sexual assaults and rapes that are going to get blown over even more than they already do because, hey, the president did it. the president told us to just grab women by the p*ssy.

i am terrified for everyone else affected, not only women (which includes trans, nonbinary, anyone who identifies as a woman, etc), but for LGBT+, for people of color, for immigrants, for anyone who isn’t Christian, for the people who aren’t ridiculously wealthy, and for people who aren’t even Americans, because the elections in America don’t just affect the US, but the world.

This blog is 100% anti Donald Trump.

This blog is a safe space for all women and minorities

If there is anything I can do to help you, as a woman or minority, let me know. If you just need to talk about the results of the election, let me know. I will not talk down to you, talk over you, or undermine your thoughts or your fears.

The Woman Who Marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.

At 15 years old, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest protestor in the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The first attempt of the march was later known as Bloody Sunday.

The images of Bloody Sunday made news worldwide and led to the successful march to Montgomery. 

Five months later the Voting Rights Act was signed into law and removed voting barriers for millions of Americans.

So today we have our right to vote, but we still can’t choose a person we want to see as the President of the United States….

HUMO: You’re a feminist, you have already said that several times. Many young women do not like being associated with feminism, because in their eyes it is a movement that forbids them to wear heels.

Evelyne Brochu: Feminists are the reason that I can vote, and my main concern is not whether I should wear heels or not, but that I might soon lose that acquired right as a woman. That Donald Trump is completely disturbed. The first thing he did as president, was to abolish subsidies for abortion clinics. And isn’t it scary what humiliating statements the most powerful man in the world can make about women? Everybody says: “They are just words.” But words set the motion more often than you think. A man thinks much faster now, “If the most powerful man can say that, it is okay if I say it too.” While women previously where not given the same room as men to be angry, or different, or crazy, a man is admired for those things, “Look how strong he is and what strong opinions he has.” A woman would be called hysterical.

Women are constantly belittled. We are told how we should behave if we want to be loved. That’s my biggest concern. I could care less about those heels.

This is a translation of Ebro’s interview with a Belgium magazine. For the full translated interview keep reading.

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Sorry for the election spam today I just can’t keep my head straight as a queer poc non-christian woman because a known sexual harraser, racist, homophobic white supremacist bigot is now the president of the “greatest democracy in the world”.

Oh and not just that. The House, The Senate, The Supreme Court - all have Republican majorities.

I cannot keep my head straight. I cannot.

“The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for over six years. It’s improved people’s lives, and we can’t go backward. Repealing the ACA would take away the protections that millions of Americans rely on. It would also raise premiums and stop our progress towards better quality care. Don’t let Republicans in Congress take us back to the days when you could be denied for having a pre-existing condition or you could be charged more simply for being a woman. Tell them we want to build on the progress we’ve made, not abandon it. I’ve put forward a bunch of ideas for how we can do that, and I hope that Republicans can put politics aside and work with Democrats on behalf of all Americans to make the program even better. That’s how we’ll make sure that everybody gets the health care they deserve.” —President Obama. Make sure you have coverage for 2017 by signing up on HealthCare.gov by Dec. 15th.

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I illustrated a couple of additional posters to accompany my Women Are Strong As Hell illustration– my mom, aunt and I will all be marching on Saturday in the Women’s March on Washington’s sister march in Austin! 

And guess what! You can buy these, AND my Strong As Hell lady as prints on my Etsy store now, for just $35 each!

in light of all the tragedy and despair i want to make light of one gleaming ray of hope. she may not be our president but, 

she won the popular vote. a woman won the popular vote to be the president of the most powerful country in the world. 

more than half of this country agree that a woman can hold the highest position of power, and that in and of itself, is monumental. i am sorry that it wasn’t enough this time around. but the world is changing, we are the majority.

When Hillary asked me to be her running mate, what flashed through my mind was I’ve been in politics for 22 years; this is my ninth race. In all the previous eight races, I’ve been the guy with my name on the ballot, my name on the bumper sticker and the yard sign. And I’ve had all these strong women supporting me: campaign managers, Cabinet secretaries, agency heads; the voters that we get are more women than men.

And I remember thinking, “Wow, I’m going to have the chance now to not be the top of the ticket. I’m going to be a strong man supporting the first strong woman to be president of the United States.” And as important as it is to normalize that a woman can be president, it’s also important to normalize that strong men can support a woman as president.
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Tim Kaine’s feminism - Vox

I love this. Progressive dudes, you don’t have to be the superhero who saves all the women and other marginalized folks. You can be the sidekick.