This Week in Women: The Post-March Edition
To all the nasty women around the world: cheers to you. You showed up, and Saturday’s march was one of the most historic occasions of unity and solidarity our country has ever seen. The turnout was undeniably record-breaking, and while the numbers will never be exact, we know that over three million people gathered across the country and peacefully protested the incoming president and his policies. Washington D.C. received a very clear message: we will not back down in the face of injustice.
Meanwhile, the world lost another beautiful and creative soul this week—Mary Tyler Moore—who passed away at age 80 in Greenwich, Connecticut. She inspired countless people as an actress, and as a feminist icon with the groundbreaking The Mary Tyler Moore Show, making a single working woman storyline mainstream, trendy, and relatable. As Moore once said, “I’m not an actress who can create a character. I play me.”
In the spirit of hardworking ladies who slay all day and are consequently living their truth, it’s time for This Week in Women!
The Legacy of The Women’s March And Trump’s First Week in Office
In the first week of Trump’s presidency, he has managed to anger a whole lot of people by pushing through a rapid succession of executive orders: green lighting the construction of Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline, going to war with the media (weapon of choice: “alternative facts”), forcing a social media gag order on the EPA, and beginning to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (just to name a few). Trump started the Obamacare “repeal and replace” process with no replacement in sight, putting millions of peoples’ healthcare access at risk, and he has also signed executive orders to cut supportive funding for global health centers that even mention abortions.
Admittedly, we thought this shit would be over—or at least not quite so bad—after the election on November 8. But the ugly, very real truth is that this is our new reality. This is our time to rally as a new generation of activists, and translate last Saturday’s momentum into tangible change—by showing up for our issues at the voting booth, strengthening our support groups, and speaking up when our elected government officials trade freedom for oppression.
The New Wave of Feminist Apparel
In a partnership as old as history itself, politics and fashion are joining forces once again and producing some truly dope AF creative collaborations for the good of humanity. Organizations, activists, and designers are turning to basic garments, like T-shirts, to advocate and raise money for a cause.
One needn’t look further than Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” white tee that’s popping up all over Paris Fashion Week. The design was first shown last fall at the S/S 2017 presentation by artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, and it continues to be a crowd favorite (no surprise there).
Another recent release (rolled out just in time for the Women’s March) is the Olsen twins’ “Stronger Together” black tee, from their Elizabeth and James collection. Partial proceeds benefit Baby2Baby—an organization that provides basic necessities for low-income children.
And, as always, Otherwild is donating 25% of T-shirt sales to Planned Parenthood with their wildly popular “The Future is Female” design, originally created in 1975 for Labyris Books.
Lead graphic by Jordan Levinson
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