As we welcome in the new year, we also welcome a new family to the White House. On January 20th Donald Trump will be inaugurated the 45th President of the United States and it is scary.
Throughout the campaign season and the weeks since the election, feminist communities around the nation have rallied together in a collective outcry against Donald Trump. In the past eighteen months we have seen him call women fat, ugly, pigs, dogs, losers, slobs, disgusting animals, and pieces of ass. We have seen him poke fun at menstruation and support lawmakers who want to take away our rights to our bodies. But we have not been silent.
From blogs to Planned Parenthood donations, from art installations to painful conversations, we are building community. And for many Americans, that means joining the January 21st Women’s March on Washington where millions of women and allies will take to the streets in protest against the rhetoric of misogyny, homophobia, racism, and xenophobia perpetuated by our current President Elect. But what about the millions of women who can’t afford the cost of a trip to Washington or the time away from their responsibilities?
“The idea was simple,” says Wildfang CEO Emma McIlroy. “We asked ourselves: how can we make The Million Women’s March accessible to every single woman in America? Even if you can’t get the time off from work, or you can’t afford the flight or the Airbnb, or maybe you can’t leave your kids or your cat Ziggy behind for a weekend; at this pivotal time in American history, we believe that EVERY woman deserves to have her voice heard.”
Enter millionwomensvoices.com. Within days of conceiving the idea, McIlroy rallied top creatives and technologists from Ziba Design and Uncorked Studios to volunteer their time, working weekends, holidays, and after-hours, to build a platform that belongs to all women.
It’s simple. It’s a place for every woman in America, in fact the World, to lift up her voice and tell her story. If there was ever a time we needed to elevate women’s voices, it’s now. On the site women are invited to create videos of two minutes or less, to share a story. Already young women and women young at heart have shared their calls for compassion, hate of hate, and commitment to coming together in this critical time.
Regardless of where you are on January 21, this is a moment that belongs to all of us. For those of us who can’t make it to Washington, our voices are proxies for marching shoes and our stories are our protest signs. So what are you waiting for, share your story!