I asked on Facebook, genuinely wanting to know, what those participating in the marches thought would change? Thankfully the Woman's March didn't seem to lead to the same destruction and chaos that came along with the protests on Inauguration Day.
But I wonder, what are they wanting the world, women, their daughters to learn and know?
I saw a picture of a young girl at the march holding a sign stating "Girls rule, Trump Drools". What is this mother teaching her daughter? That using childish insults and rhetoric will get results? This isn't nearly as bad as the grown adults who on Twitter this last week took to insulting Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, asking what was wrong with him and even saying he was going to be the next home-schooled shooter. When has it ever been okay to attack a child?
When my oldest recently came home stating that there were funny memes about Donald Trump and showed me one making fun of his hair, I did not laugh (though if I am totally honest I might have wanted to). I told him while I did not vote for Trump and definitely have a lot of things I do not like about him, that it is never okay to make fun of someone for how they look or who they are. I told him, I am praying for Trump, praying that he might feel the weight and responsibility of the position he now holds, feel some humility, surround himself by good people who can help him guide the country.
This world has so much hate, so much negativity-- that is just needs to stop.
We need to stop looking for the wrong, the differences, the things we hate-- but instead find common ground we can unite on and stand up for what is right. Tearing others down, making fun of people and calling people names-- it immediately ends any chance of having a real conversation that could bring some change and good into the world.
So what do I hope for my daughter?
I recently saw this quote and I love it:
What are my hopes for her, what do I as a woman, as her mother want to teach her?
What I Hope For My Daughter