This past Sunday, I was driving to my grandparent’s home in Georgetown, Ohio. I was between two towns in Clermont county, when I passed a billboard sign advertising girl scouts. The sign was simple, showing a girl in a uniform with the words:
“There is power in every girl.”
I could not help but think about the billboard the rest of the way to my grandparent’s home.
In the United States today, there are so many social justice issues, whether its race, gender, healthcare, etc. The country is never at rest. There is always an injustice to be fought. The first thing that came to mind when I read the billboard, was of course gender equality. That every girl has the power to be something, or to do something great. (OBVIOUSLY) Then I got to thinking about the sexual injustices in our country against men and women both. How the President of the United States, finds humor in the unequal rights of women and the idea that you can just “grab [a woman] by the pussy”.
To be honest, I do not find that President Trump takes the issue of sexual assault seriously at all. In a 2013 tweet that recently resurfaced, he said:
“26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
To give my completely unbiased opinion, this man is the biggest douchebag of all time. (By the way, did you note his typo?) Like I said, unbiased. It just gives me an uneasy feeling to know that our president, is so slimy and gross and does not care about the seriousness of sexual assault. One of my friends was raped by another student where she attends college and the effects it has on someone is devastating. We need a president who will speak against those who have sexually assaulted another person, not one who blames it on men and women being too close in proximity.
There is power in every girl. We have the power and the RIGHT to stand up for what we believe in and to stand up against an injustice. We, as women and men have the power to stand up against gender inequality, against sexual predators, against our president. We have the power to advocate for racial equality, for healthcare, for children, or for LGBT rights. We have the power to stand up. Never forget that you have power inside of you to do something that is worthwhile. You are worth something and have every right to have a voice, whether you are male or female, you have an equal voice.
Take a stand today against inequality because there is power in very man, woman, child, in every race, in every sexual orientation. You have the power to make a difference.