If you’re like me, you were SOBBING the night that we elected Donald Trump as the President of the United States of America. If you are a feminist, you may be feeling pretty down about now. I understand why. It does seem pretty hopeless. How can we have a president who brags about grabbing women “by the pussy”? I mean, really. REALLY.
Luckily, there are lots of things you can do as a feminist during the Trump years. Here are just a few ideas.
1. Join a feminist book club or a feminist discussion group. It’s important that we keep the conversation going for feminism and gender equality in this country even if we do have… that… for president. Book clubs and discussion groups can be a great place to speak your mind and continue the conversation.
2. Support strong female leaders. Celebrate your female politicians. Put their bumper stickers on your cars. Follow them on Twitter. Share their social media posts. Talk about them at your feminist book club. (See #1)
3. Make a donation or volunteer for one of the amazing organizations that stand for gender equality like the National Organization of Women. Or volunteer for/donate to an organization that helps out LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
4. Watch some feminist movies and read some feminist books. Some of my favorites are Bad Feminist by Roxanne Grey (book), The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (book), The Hours (movie), and The Color Purple (movie). After you’re done, you can talk about your favorite feminist movies and books with your discussion group.
5. Get involved with your government. Follow the issues pertaining to feminism and equality, and stand up for injustice. Call your representatives, e-mail your local governments. Some of you may even want to participate in activist marches and events. Some of you others may even want to run for office. The sky is truly the limit.
The point is that you should not despair! Your feminist brothers and sisters are here with you. And hey if there’s one good thing about this Trump Presidency, it’s that I have seen a lot of people take part and get involved in activism and humanitarianism. So hey. Silver lining, y’all. SILVER LINING.
(Don’t mind me, I’ll just be sobbing in the corner. Still.)