Everything I post and want to share gets comments from both sides, and most of the people commenting I either personally know, or have met online, but we have had a chance to get to know each other in our conversations. I am so grateful for both sides, I have my personal feelings, and am passionate about issues important to me, but also want to keep learning and listening to every voice out there.
Recently some of my personal feelings have made people lash out at me, and not in my own posts, but in other people’s comments where I am very vocal. I have been called ignorant, cruel and disgusting. Luckily no words can ever harm me, and I know I am coming from a place of truth, and name calling is just not my style. I would like to think I am open to admitting when I am wrong, and I would like to keep sharing how I personally feel.
The women’s march did not represent me, I feel it represented every other group out there, except the Jews. Not every Jew felt that way, many Jews marched and were very vocal about issues that affect all of us, and I totally respect that.
To those who are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest Saturday…
“Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.”
Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare. Did you know that before the ACA, newborns in the NICU would hit their lifetime caps on health insurance coverage. That’s right, babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.
“Women are marching because domestic violence crisis centers and after school programs deserve funding.
“Women are marching because we deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.
“Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.
“And most of all, women are marching because we have the right to. The right to protest and speak out against our government is the first amendment. That’s right, #1! It is one of our most fundamental American rights.
“Saying that we’re whining, throwing temper tantrums, or that we’re immature, or that we need to get over it will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.*****
“****We’re not marching because Trump won.******
“We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.
“And we’re not giving up easily.
“Anyone who thinks we’re marching because we lost just simply isn’t listening. ***We’re fighting because we refuse to lose more.”
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From Rabbi Toba Schaller
It is amazing how many people turned out, but I feel that it was about turning out and speaking your truth, which is good, but unfortunately not inclusive of all. The pro life march, although I do not agree, I am pro choice, was one purpose, one clear message, and it did not bother me, even though I do not agree.
I don’t know if that makes sense,
It makes sense to me,
Do what makes sense to you,
Love all the different groups that were inspired like the one below,
Let’s keep talking, communicating, debating, and listening to each other,
💓 SCIENCE 💓
Among the millions of people who participated in Women’s Marches on Saturday, a special group in Washington stood out: 150 female scientists wearing white lab coats marched en masse, chanting “Climate change is real! Science is real!” and “What do we want? Data! When do we want it? Forever!” The women were part of a new organization, 500 Women Scientists, which formed after the election to fight the growing trend of anti-intellectualism, sexism, and outright harassment of scientists which threatens scientific progress worldwide. The organizers penned an open letter in November, declaring: “In this new era of anti-science and misinformation, we as women scientists re-affirm our commitment to build a more inclusive society and scientific enterprise.” They quickly amassed thousands of signatories from around the world, and over 14,000 supporters have now signed on. The Women’s Marches were the first time that many of the women met in person as they came together to march in Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and D.C. — and, as the group wrote on their website, the events’ huge success has given them “inspiration, strength, and hope” for the fierce fight for scientific integrity ahead.
At the Women’s Marches, the women were treated like celebrities with people asking to pose for pictures with them and their signs reading “A Woman’s Place Is In The Lab,” “Stand up 4 Science,” and “Science Does Not Discriminate.” Many scientists have expressed feeling besieged this week by an administration among whose very first actions were to remove the White House’s climate change page and issue gag orders to stop government scientists from communicating with the public. Scientists have been proactively organizing to counter the administration’s anti-science agenda. Climate scientists, who are being especially targeted due to the administration’s embrace of anti-science climate change denialism, have even set up efforts to move climate research to secure websites overseas to protect it from the administration’s anticipated purge of climate data and staff.
Many scientists have been shocked at the extreme actions they have seen unfold in only the administration’s first week. “This is not a partisan issue. People from all parts of the political spectrum should be alarmed by these efforts to deny scientific progress,” says medical researcher Caroline Weinberg, “Scientific research moves us forward and we should not allow asinine policies to thwart it.” To carry the fight forward, plans for another mass march have quickly come together this week — in only two days, over 300,000 people joined a private Facebook group to organize a March for Science. And, looking forward to 2018 and beyond, a new non-profit, 314 Action, recently formed to provide encouragement, advice, and support to scientists who want to run for public office. Already, the new organization has heard from over 400 scientists who are considering running. Reflecting on the rapidly growing organizing efforts by scientists to counter the administration’s anti-science policies, Naomi Oreskes, a science historian at Harvard, observed this week: “It is the scientists who mobilized against the arms race in the late 1950s and 1960s. So that tells you how scientists feel now. This is an existential threat.”
You can also join the public march Facebook page at March for Science
To introduce children and teens to trailblazing female scientists who have changed the world, check out our blog post, “Celebrating Science: 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls,” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13914
Among the featured titles is a fantastic new book about 50 pioneering female scientists throughout history, “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World,” for ages 9 and up at http://www.amightygirl.com/women-in-science
For science toys and kits to encourage your Mighty Girl’s interest in science, visit our blog post, “Top 50 Science Toys for Mighty Girls” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10528
And, for books about courageous girls and women who fought to change the world for the better, visit our “Activist” biography section at http://amgrl.co/1R6cGAu
Photo credit: Julie Dermansky