What To Know About The Women's March On Washington
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What To Know About The Women's March On Washington

Women's rights are most definitely human rights.

On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The next day, thousands of women will descend on Washington, D.C., for the Women's March on Washington.

What Is The Women's March on Washington?
This event is a march organized to happen the day after the presidential inauguration to send a message to the new presidency -- women's rights are human rights. After the rhetoric of this last presidential election, which was particularly nasty, this march is trying to unify all people in recognizing that women's rights are human rights.

Celebrities have even pledged their support, with Gloria Steinem, Harry Belafonte, and America Ferrera joining the march.


Where and When Is the March Happening?
The main Women's March on Washington will occur on Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. At 10:00 a.m., this main march will begin at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.

If you can't make it to this march, there will also be sister marches across the U.S., which strive to reiterate the message of the main march. To see if there is a sister march happening near you, check out this list.

How Can I Support The March?
The best way to support the march is to join it. If you can't make the Washington, D.C. march, see if you can make it to one of the sister marches that will be occurring in conjunction with the main march in Washington.

Other ways you can support the march are to volunteer for the march, donate to help fund the logistics of the March on Washington and support any of these organizations made to help support women in all different kinds of ways.

Why Should I Support The March?
Again, women's rights are human rights. After this last election, where Donald Trump made disgusting remarks about women, there is a renewed need to recognize this fact. This march just wants to recognize the fundamental power and respect women deserve and want to bring attention to the sexism that women face every day.

You should support this march because it is important that we recognize the issues women face, and the challenges they experience because of their gender, especially under this new presidency, where women's rights are in jeopardy more than ever.

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Why Not Counting LGBTQ Americans In 2020 Census Is A Disaster

Another blow to LGBTQ rights.

On Tuesday, Trump canceled the plan to include sexual orientation and gender identity as new categories, instead reverting back to the same categories the census has always used, categories including age, race, occupation, etc.

This is another huge blow to LGBTQ rights by the Trump Administration, who in late February reversed transgender protections that were put into place under Obama.

The census may seem boring, but here's why it's so important.

The census affects representation
You may not know this, but doing a census is mandated by the Constitution because population is necessary for determining how many representatives each state gets.

With not allowing sexual orientation and gender identity to be items in the census, we are ignoring a huge part of the population, a part that has already dealt with so much discrimination already.

So not allowing them to register as part of the population in the census is incredibly disheartening and terrible.

The census helps record change
Because the census is taken every 10 years, we can see how the US population has changed as well as see change in all the other census categories over the course of the past 10 years.

In barring the LGBTQ population from the census, we won't record the LGBTQ population or get to see how they change. Recording change is especially important now more than ever for the LGBTQ community because changing attitudes is allowing more and more people to embrace their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The census is important for government
Censuses may be boring, but the information is really important. Censuses can help lawmakers make laws that directly benefit people.

Without representation in the census, lawmakers won't have the information they need to help make laws to benefit the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ community will continue to suffer because laws won't be made to help them and benefit them.

The government can't benefit the people they were elected to serve if they don't represent them in the census. That's why the LGBTQ deserves to be represented. But under this administration, that may just be a pipe dream.

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What To Know About The March For Science

Mark your calendars.

What Is It?
The March for Science is a march celebrating science and a call for everyone to "respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world" according to the march website. Basically, the march wants to bring attention to science and all the good that it does, especially now under a Trump presidency where science is being challenged.

When and Where Is It?
The March for Science will occur on April 22, a Saturday. Meeting at 8 AM, the actual march will start at 9 AM. The main march, like the Women's March in January, will be happening in Washington, DC on the National Mall. And like the Women's March, the March for Science has sister marches planned all over the country and world. Check out this list to see if there's a sister march near you.

Why April 22?
April 22 is Earth Day. Since climate change is such an important issue in the scientific community as well as a controversial issue in politics, it makes sense to hold a march celebrating science on Earth Day, a day that is all about helping the earth by recycling, planting trees, etc.

How Can I Lend Support?
The best way to support the march is to attend either the main march or a sister march. But another really great way to support the march is to educate yourself about the issues people are marching for. And of course, you can always support by donating to the march or purchasing from their store.

Why Should I Lend Support?
Science is really important for everyone. From vaccines to research to medicine, you're impacted by science every day. So even if you don't believe everything that science says, you should still want to support scientific endeavors because science impacts everything from medicine to food to the environment to even the cosmetics you may use. So supporting science is just a great way to show your appreciation for all science does and continues to do for everyone.

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The 9 Best Signs From Saturday's March On Science

Eco-warriors unite!

Saturday was Earth Day, which is one of those "holidays" I like to imagine only half of the population remembers is real, like Arbor Day (what's the difference?) and Leif Erikson Day (more like LEAF Erikson Day, am I right?)

But this year's Earth Day had a little more going for it: all across the world, in over 500 cities, people participated in the March For Science, a demonstration in support of climate scientists and the work they do, and a demonstration in the face of certain administrations (*cough, cough*) who have decided protecting the planet can wait.

Even though it was raining in a bunch of big cities on Saturday, folks were out in full force all across the country, which was awesome to see. We've piled up some of our favorite signs from the rallies:

1. A GOOD SCIENCE DOGGO

Oh my goodness, look at this good science boy from London. If you didn't support science before, you do now.

2. SCOREBOARD

Big fan of the Constitution? Same. Check the scoreboard, y'all.

3. THE GREATEST SCIENCE SQUAD EVER

How's your face feel, Kellyanne Conway? (By the way, where is she these days?)

4. A VERY WOKE SCIENCE BABY

You just *know* this kid's parents listen to NPR and read science journals on the weekend. Also they get their kids vaccinated, which is very good. Go science!

5. A VERY GOOD SLAM

This man is out here in a fleece dropping SLAMS on the White House. CAN'T STOP SCIENCE.

6. THIS IMPORTANT PRESCRIPTION

This is big news! I didn't know there was a cure for BS. I'm sure we all know someone (or, rather, a group of someones) who could use a big old dose of science in the morning.

7. WE ARE ALL SIX YEARS OLD

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, butts.

8. AN EXTREMELY GOOD CALL-BACK

Hey, Mr. President, remind me who won the popular vote? More importantly, y'all, the Earth should win the popular vote every time.

9. THIS GUY GETS IT

For all of us Dunkin Donuts fans out there, imagine if you were all of a sudden deprived of your morning iced coffee. Sound good? No, it does not. That's what the planet is going through every day until we figure out a way to reverse the effects of climate change.

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3 Myths About Feminists, Dismantled

Yes, I'm a feminist. No, I don't hate men.

Can you recall the first time you were exposed to the term "feminism"?

In seventh grade, when a guest speaker defined feminism to our class as the belief that women and men should have equal rights, I was confused. Why do we need a word for this? Isn't everyone a feminist? Despite the seemingly obvious answer, many people in today's society still refuse to accept this label.

Before we criticize people who don't identify as feminists, let's try to understand what leads them to avoid this label. Here are three common misconceptions about feminism in today's culture:

Myth #1: Feminists hate men
Correction: Feminists hate the patriarchy.
This claim seems absurd, but I know a number of people claiming to be feminists who bash on men. Let me be clear: there is a difference between criticizing a man for objectifying a woman, and criticizing all men for objectifying all women.

Calling an individual out for their actions, by my standards, is fair. Where the problem lies, is in those who get so swept up in hating the patriarchy, that they mistake the patriarchy for all men.

While plenty of men certainly fall under the category of "misogynistic", it's important to also note that many men don't. The patriarchy is a problematic system that has been in place for centuries. Men of our time, on the other hand, are a group of individuals, and should be treated as such. True feminism embraces this fact.

*Note that this stereotype is particularly harmful to the movement of feminism because it leads people to falsely believe that only women can be feminists.

Myth #2: Feminists hate families
Correction: Feminists want having a family to be a choice, not an expectation, and they respect that choice.
The misunderstanding that has evolved into this stereotype begins with the idea of women wanting a choice. What I want as a feminist is the right to choose whether or not to get married, have kids, and be a stay-at-home mom.

I have great respect for those who choose this lifestyle, and great respect for those who find themselves living under different circumstances. What I don't want, is people telling me I should live a certain lifestyle simply because I'm a woman. Get it?

Myth #3: Feminists are always angry
Correction: Feminists get frustrated when they are put in a box.
Wouldn't you be, if people were constantly misjudging you? What some people may perceive as perpetual anger, is realistically a surge of frustration manifesting itself whenever someone uses one of these stereotypes, and many more, to reject the label of "feminist".

I believe that the feeling of frustration is not only entirely valid, but it can also prove itself useful in changing how feminists are perceived. Next time you hear someone make an inaccurate claim about feminism, feel that frustration and use it to inform those around you.

Being a feminist has nothing to do with hate, and everything to do with respect, freedom of choice, and equality.

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Emilyness: Talking Body

Emily Ratajkowski. A powerful voice for our generation.

Sophia Bush was interviewed on the topic of Feminism. She discussed that she doesn't think it's as complicated as we're making it out to be.

She backed up her belief in feminism by saying she was a woman, she wanted to live as well and be as well protected as any man, and more or less just be treated as an equal. Sophia states, "It doesn't mean I hate men, or want to burn my bras and throw away my high heels. I don't want to be judged for wearing them, just as I wouldn't want to be judged for wearing motorcycle boots."

Now, we're talking body.

Our generation has started to take a stand not only for females everywhere, but for our bodies and sexuality. We will just call this "Emily-ness". Emily Ratajkowski is one of my favorite supermodels, but more importantly, she has become one of my favorite voices of our generation.

She's open and honest about her political views and stands strong in her beliefs. She recently posed nude for Harpar Bazaar and discussed these naked ambition beliefs in detail.

"Desire is normal. Attention is normal, and that's OK."

Of course, we're not all going to start running around naked and adopting a pornographic lifestyle, but desire, attention, and sexuality in all of us is completely normal.

Even back in high school, girls weren't allowed to show shoulders and knees, because it would be a distraction to the boys. Shoulders? Knees? Distraction?

Being 5'10", I was sent home several times for showing my knees, even though a shorter girl would wear the same thing and not get into trouble. It destroyed my confidence and made me believe I looked "sluttier" due to my height.

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"The world should not be exclusive of the ideal body. It has to include all ideals, all bodies."

We all come from varying backgrounds and varying body types. Short, tall, big butt, large breasts, long legs, wide hips, big lips, slim waist... Owning your sexuality isn't exclusive to Victoria's Secret models. It's not exclusive to men, either. "Emily-ness" is all about assertion and self-acceptance.

"A woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don't need to be mutually exclusive."

Mocking a woman for seeking attention is not only out-dated, it's ridiculous. If you're receiving attention, or a man enjoys the way you look, there's a myth that you're having something taken away from you.

Seeking recognition and making statements don't take anything away from you. You own who you are and the body you have, and neither of those things should be used as weapons to undermine you.

"Social media is something women didn't have 10 years ago, and that's a big aspect in feminism today. I don't have to be filtered by anyone. I choose." Well put, Emily. That's the point... I choose.