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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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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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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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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Candidates on the Issue: Women's Rights

Equal pay for equal work, amirite?

This presidential election is a big deal for women's rights. Sure, women can vote, get an education, and do many other things that wouldn't have been possible without the powerful Suffragette and Women's Rights Movements, but there's still a lot preventing us from having full equality.

We still only make about $0.79 for every dollar a man makes. We still have more male CEOs named John than female CEOs. We're still more likely to be victims of severe domestic violence, experienced by 1 in 5 women.

We need a president who knows there's a problem and is going to be dedicated to fixing it, so I've outlined the good and the bad of each frontrunning candidate's approach to women's rights.

Donald Trump.

I promised to say something good about every candidate. It's basically like in elementary school when the teacher made you say something nice to the kid you were mean to. So, a good thing Trump did was he put a woman in charge of his construction project in the 1980s, which was a pretty big deal considering women are still underrepresented in construction. Gold star for Trump. But what I really want to talk about:

Enough said. That's just the tip of the iceberg though.

Ted Cruz.

This took a lot of research, but I found something! He defended the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law, which confines sexually violent predators from society in a facility that offers mental and psychiatric care. That's important for women's rights.

Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence and rape. Cruz's college roommate has been tweeting about him since 2012 though, and he doesn't think this accomplishment makes up for everything else he's done.

So why is he such an asshole? He voted against the Violence Against Women Act. That's pretty indefensible. The only other individuals to vote against it provided reasoning that the act didn't do enough to expedite testing of rape kits, but he had no such comments. He also called drafting women "nuts" and told voters they could "spank" Hillary for lying about Benghazi, just like his daughter would be spanked for lying.

John Kasich.

He expressed concern about an anti-abortion bill that did not make exceptions for rape or incest. These exceptions are so important to fighting victim-blaming and giving victims the freedom they deserve. He's not all sunshines and butterflies in regards to women's rights, though.

He attributes part of his success to an "army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up." I'm down to help out with a political campaign, but I won't be coming from the kitchen, personally. I'll most likely be coming from an engineering class, or dorm room, or job. It's unlikely to be a kitchen. I mean thanks for acknowledging the role women play in your election, but no thanks.

It's not just his words though. It's also his actions. He cut Ohio Planned Parenthood funding by $1.4 million, severely decreasing access to healthcare for women. And he can't make this about his anti-abortion stance (which is a whole other problem). Planned Parenthood funding doesn't even go towards abortions, and really, it can be argued that Planned Parenthood has one of the biggest roles in preventing abortion by providing so much sex education and contraception resources.

Hillary Clinton.

She'd be the first female president ever in the United States of America, and that's an awesome way to show people females can be powerful leaders. She's also a leader in a lot of women's rights issues.

Equal pay? She's on it. She "championed the Paycheck Fairness Act and co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act." Unjust punishment of feminists abroad? She's calling that out too. She "criticized Xi for speaking at a women's conference in New York while jailing feminists at home."

But hold on. Her record isn't perfect. She accepted millions of dollars from regimes that are oppressive to women for the Clinton Foundation. There's a little irony in that, especially because she denounced the gender equality efforts in the very countries she accepted money from. Oops.

Bernie Sanders.

He supports the Paycheck Fairness Act. I can get behind equal pay for equal work. It sucks that female engineers and architects make $65,000 a year on average, while males make $79,000 doing the same work.

He also supports the Violence Against Women Act and the Equal Rights Amendment. Violence against women is bad. Having a vagina doesn't make me less human, so I and other females should have human rights. So I guess you can count me in on his side for these issues too.

He's not always the perfect feminist though. He, too, is prone to brosplaining and mansplaining, like the time he told Hillary Clinton "all the shouting in the world" is not going to keep guns out of the wrong hands, or the time he told Clinton, "Excuse me, I'm talking" and "Can I finish? You'll have your turn."

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Students Walk Out Of Mike Pence's Notre Dame Commencement Address

Talk about getting stood up, yikes.

Students of Notre Dame walked out of their graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 21 in protest against Vice President Mike Pence. Students stood and walked out of the ceremony and some booed as Pence delivered the Commencement Address.

The students that participated in the walk-out were praised by the group that organized the nationwide Women's March in January and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in tweets.

The walk-out was planned in advance with advice to participating students to "stay respectful" and to "enjoy the graduation".