"The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
This is quote I am sure you have read before. But yesterday, it meant a whole lot more to me. My great great grandmother, Jessie Ransom (who I was named after) was a leader of the democratic women's group in Poughkeepsie, NY. My great grandmother Adelaide Weaver became interested in politics there and became great friends with Eleanor Roosevelt and became a suffragette marching with Carrie Chapman Catt (one of the most famous American suffragette leaders) through Ohio. When my great grandmother was married and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, she opened a Planned Parenthood there.
Marching and standing up for women's rights is in my blood. Yesterday was nothing short of amazing and emotional for me. It was a day I'll never forget. I marched with so many dear friends. While everyone marched for many different reasons, what resonated with me most was we were all exercising our fundamental right as citizens of the United States. That alone is so powerful and so important. I've never participated in a march before and I know it won't be my last. And it was so peaceful. Never once, not for one second did I ever feel scared or worried about my safety - I was one of 400,00 people out there. Thank you NYPD. Even President Trump acknowledged that peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy and he recognizes the rights of people to express themselves.
I marched yesterday for myself, my two girls and their future children. I need them to know I stand for equality and inclusion. I do not stand for racism or bigotry. I need them to know that we only have one planet and that our climate needs to be protected and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited. I do not stand for climate change deniers. I need them to know that I stand for empathy and kindness. I do not stand for bullying. These are only a few of the reasons.
One day when my kids ask me what I did to help, hopefully they will remember this day - the day I started.
Here's to STRONG women. May we KNOW them, may we BE them, may we RAISE them.