Beyond Politics: Why the Women’s March was for all of us

23 January, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

I slept through the Women’s March.

We Stand Together - Women's March 2017
The Women's March on Washington DC, which the author was NOT able to attend. photo credit: Daria DePaolis

 

Yup, this girl - who protested on the streets of NYC against the invasion of Iraq, who popped champagne and danced in the streets in front of The Stonewall Inn when New York passed the marriage equality act, who drove five hours to attend Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (and missed it), who absolutely loves the community and comradery of a good march – this girl was tucked in bed with two cats sleeping on top of her for the majority of the day.

I had planned on attending, but was diagnosed with strep throat and, needless to say, travel on public transportation would have been irresponsible. So, why am I still writing about it? Because, regardless of politics – and I stress that my goals for this post are in no way political, that is not the purpose of this blog – millions of people came out around the world in solidarity of women. And that, regardless of one’s views, is a beautiful thing.

Women's Rights are Human Rights - Women's March 2017
We stand in Solidarity - Women's Rights are Human Rights. photo credit: Kizabelle Dodds

 

We at Dare Fashion wanted to seize this opportunity to make a statement on what we DO stand for. And that is providing women with clothing that is made in the USA, which allows them to feel beautiful, accepted, and powerful. Did you know that, unlike most mainstream designers, all of our clothing is designed on a 2x model, and then scaled up and down to fit sizes S-5x? Because no matter what your size or shape, we think you are BEAUTIFUL and you deserve the best.

There was a quote by singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe during the event that dovetails nicely with our values: “Continue to embrace the things that make you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. You are enough. And whenever you’re feeling doubt, whenever you want to give up, you must always remember to choose freedom over fear.”

Black Girl Magic - Women's March 2017
Black Girl Magic. photo credit: Piper Hickman

 

You deserve to celebrate your uniqueness. You deserve freedom over fear.

We know that Saturday’s march was not everyone’s cup of tea. And we respect - indeed, we value - that diversity of mindsets within our own community. A quilt cannot be stitched together without a variety of beautiful squares. But we believe the most important lesson celebrated at the march is one we can all rally behind: the importance of all women having a voice – at home, at work, and around the world.

We Rise by Lifting Each Other - Women's March 2017
Strength in Differences - We Rise by Lifting Each Other. photo credit: Marcia Roosevelt

 

While I was saddened that I could not attend, I was still inspired by all of the warmth and positivity surrounding Saturday’s events. From Washington DC to Budapest to Antarctica, from San Francisco to Paris to Iraq, from Melbourne to Nairobi to Jackson, Mississippi – millions of human beings stood up to support the phenomenal global force that is women.

We the People - Women's March 2017
We the People. photo credit: Reuters

 

On that note, I leave you with some my favorite words by Maya Angelou,

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Go. Be a phenom. <3

Love,
erin

 

PS: Did you participate in any of the Women's Marches? Do you agree with our stand? Or do you have an entirely different opinion? Please let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

 

 

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