Inauguration and Equality

“Remember, we are not afraid, that we are not alone, that we will not fall back down, that there is power in our unity and no opposing force stands a chance in the faith of our true solidarity.”

Madonna

 

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I am a woman. A proud, resilient, outspoken, powerful woman. Sharing my womanhood with billions of other incredible, strong, brave women. More so, I am a HUMAN – sharing my humanhood with billions of other talented, kind, wonderful HUMANS – of all races, religions, and sexualities. I am proud to share pieces of me with pieces of other people that lead with kindness and love. I am Canadian, and yet, I feel the profound pain that the American’s are feeling at this difficult time.

The Inauguration occurred two days ago – within it, undertones of hatred, inequality and fear. The progress we have made concerning basic human rights has been spat on by a man given the power to run a country. We have hit a wave of uncertainty with our minority  groups facing roadblocks that should have been destroyed centuries ago.

I identify as a feminist, and more so, I identify as a HUMANIST. I identify as an individual that believes in protecting all of ours rights, and allowing all of us the freedom to live a whole, happy, brilliant life. I am a woman who will offer you respect, kindness and love regardless of your gender, race, religion or sexuality. I promise to seek your heart. I promise to advocate for your innate human rights. I promise to stand with you in any time of need.

I am not defined by my monthly cycle, or the weight my chest bares. I am not defined by my “pussy”, or the wage gap between myself and my male counterparts. I am defined by the turmoil I have faced and how I overcame it. I am defined by the lessons of my powerful mother, and other likeminded women. I am defined by my capacity to love humanity equally. I am defined by my brain, by my spoken word, by the qualities I possess. I am a woman, and I am proud to be a woman. However, I am significantly more than the shackles and limits put on what “womanhood” can entail – as are all of you.

Today, and everyday, I stand with America. I stand with my fellow women. I stand with every skin tone under the rainbow. I stand with any book that leads your religion. I stand the entire LGBTQ community. I stand with every individual who can lead with love.

Love always, from the bottom of my heart,

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