This is why the Women’s March matters to me, a white, pro-life, anti-gun, Midwestern Christ follower.
It matters because in this time of great disunity, I was able to stand with women from all walks of life, backgrounds, religious affiliations, and political beliefs. We were able to unite in the fact that something must change, and we can be the catalyst for that change.
It matters because laws need to change. I stood with women who are fighting for the rights of trafficked girls, seeking tougher penalties for Johns, working toward harsher sentencing for domestic violence abusers.
It matters because I represent Christ. Many of the women around me had been hurt by the Church. On that day, I was able to stand with those in pain as an ambassador of the Gospel.
It matters because I love my niece. I want to make sure she does not need to fight for equal pay, that she does not have be more qualified than her male counterparts.
It matters because Black Lives Matter. I said “Amen” and “That’s right!” when words of dismantling racism were spoken. I was in agreement with my sisters of color and stood as an ally.
It matters because our differences should not define us. We may disagree on issues of reproductive rights, but we agree that women need access to affordable and safe health care, let’s start there.
It matters because Jesus was a feminist. I want to be the voice that says, “The Savior of the universe advocated for women, and so must the Church.”
It matters because I mentor teen girls. I want them to know the importance of voting and believe that their voice matters. In my city women make up 51% of the population and I want to see women represented in our government.
It matters because sexual violence is real. The hashtags #metoo and #timesup are not enough. I must be present and active in these movements. The more women who are brave enough to tell their stories and stand in solidarity with survivors as well as call for change, the safer our collective future will be.
It matters because women can work together. I want to be part of this amazing collaboration that is for people and not against them. I loved standing with a diverse, powerful and creative group of people.
There are a thousand other reasons why it matters, but today this is my list. This is why I marched, this is why I stood alongside women who need to be heard. This is why I showed up and this is why others did too.