Changing What You Cannot Accept

On January 21, I joined almost half a million people in D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. Among the many fantastic speechespoems, and songs promoting support and solidarity, one message struck me more than I expected: do something. It seems obvious enough, right? "Actions speak louder than words." Showing up to the march was a start, but that’s just it, it’s a start.

Over and over again we were reminded that if we wanted change, and if we wanted our voices to be heard, we had to run for office and we had to call our representatives. I even saw this message in the marchers, many of whom carried signs with the same Angela Davis quote: “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

If there is anything we should take away from this election, it’s that we need action. Yes, decisions are made by those who show up, but it takes more than showing up to create sustained change. For the Women's March, that means 10 actions in 100 days, while for others it's taking part in #100daysofaction or the March for Science. For me, a big part of that is HerChesapeake.

To me, HerChesapeake embodies the things I went to the march to support: feminism, social justice, and environmentalism. But the march reminded me that I need to do more than tweet, I need to actually do something. I am excited and invigorated by HerChesapeake’s future—a future of building relationships, sharing knowledge, encouraging growth, supporting one another, and talking about these issues that are so important to our watershed and the nation as a whole. In short, HerChesapeake’s future is one of taking action, and the march reminded me that is exactly what we need right now.