When I got home from the Women’s March on Washington, I hung this sign over my bed as a reminder that the moment I’ve been waiting for since my 20’s has arrived: The Women’s Movement has finally been reawakened.
You know that saying, “What goes around comes around?” The ERA sticker was gifted to me by a stranger in front of our nation’s Capitol. It is the exact same design as the 40-year-old button I inherited from my mother, who raised me to believe in equal rights.
But it’s not the sticker or the phrase, “I Am Worthy” that made me hang it up. There is something even more special, and it’s for you as well as me.
The bus ride from Washington D.C. back to Melbourne, Florida took about 17 hours, and we were all completely exhausted. A few hours before we reached home, I stood up and called for my fellow passengers’ attention. I held up the sign, to which I’d tied a pen, and asked everyone to sign it with a message of hope for the days ahead.
It took a couple of hours for the sign to come back to me. When it did, I was blown away by the sentiment, a wide range of powerful, inspiring messages. This is the real reason the sign hangs over my bed.
These messages are not just for me, they are for all who believe in equality and are willing to stand up for what is right. I’ve done my best to transcribe them below, in hopes that these powerful words, written on a cardboard sign, will travel far and wide to bring hope and encouragement to all.
“Remember the story of the snowflake; no two are alike, they are all beautiful, and while one by itself doesn’t seem like much, together, they are a force of nature. Surround yourself with snowflakes.” Debra
“When you feel discouraged, remember your aches and sore muscles from today. Remember the march you did with us. Remember you are a part of HISTORY now! We forge a path for our young women. THIS IS YOUR LEGACY.” Roseanne
“We were heard across the world, and we will continue to be heard, using our kind, loving, yet strong voices.” MB&Zzzz
“You were on the right side of history on this day! And you are not alone. We stand with you.” Jill
“At the core of you is all peace & freedom, ready and eager to be unleashed upon the world. Reach deep, see it in your sisters, give your gift. TY!” Elizabeth
“Don’t ever forget, we are all with you in solidarity. We will stand together, One Love.” Anne
“We are strong together. Girl power!” Isabelle
“Remember on your journey, whatever it may be, my hope for you is that you laugh until it hurts, love like there’s no tomorrow, live every day like there’s a million tomorrows, dance until you can’t…”
“Never forget what a group of women can do when we unite our voices!” Koreena
“Always remember why we march – for those who cannot! Stay strong, stay proud!” Tina
“Our children & grandchildren need us to fight.”
“Stay strong. As women united we stand.” Betty
“Be true to yourself.” Lauren
“We’ve just experienced a phenomenal reawakening of the power of women. You’re part of a sisterhood, and we can change the wrongs as a group together – and we are – you are NOT ALONE!” Cynthia
“May all your aspirations be blessed and fulfilled to benefit all beings and our planet.” Janice
“Hope will always keep you going.”
“There are a lot of us! Hang in there.”
“We are stronger together and I’ll keep in touch with you!” Christine
“Stronger together.” Cheri
“Hillary said, ‘Please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.’ We just marched with thousands who agree –remember that!” S
“We were glad to be part of this history-making day, Women’s March 2017. We can happily say that HOPE is still alive. Seeing young families with their children, seeing the elderly in their wheelchairs, kept this hope alive.” Leigh
“Stay strong. Stay fierce! Fight the good fight! We are all in this together.” Elizabeth
“Stay strong and march on!” Carol
“Nasty women never stop fighting.”
“Keep the strength alive. #Women’s March.” Alicia
“Never let anyone try to convince you that you are not powerful.” Karen
“The world heard us yesterday! XO’s!” Susan
“Girl power! Stay in the fight! T
“I “We have seen an awakening, and we will be there to support each other. God bless.” Jenny
“Just never give up.” Gabe
“The future belongs to the young. They know it, and they will never let this happen to them again.” Frank
“You have a voice. Let it speak always.” Trish
“Remember the community of women (and men) that have come together this special weekend. We are not alone, we just have to find each other. ” Barbara
“When you feel frustrated with how people are treated badly, remember the March and the hope and empowerment you experienced with the awesome ladies from Brevard.” L
“I have your back. Remember this weekend and the memories will get you through. We stand together forever, Women of Brevard!”
“Persistence – with a strong voice – can accomplish anything and everything. Love & light.” Kristie
“We have been and will continue to be a positive change in history! That gives us all the hope in the world.” Lindsay
“You are not alone! Stronger Together! We can make a difference – and we are!” Crystal
“Remember to always follow your heart…do what you know is right, even if it is hard.” Pamela
“Women who stand together can create miracles.” Robin
“Stronger together forever!” Mary