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Basically every celeb—from Alicia Keys to Madonna to Rowan Blanchard—hit up Women’s Marches all over the country on Saturday. The day of activism continued on SNL, where Aziz Ansari performed in some of the best political spoofs yet. Stay fired up this week by staying informed below.


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Millions of Ladies Got in Formation to March for Women's Rights
The numbers are in: D.C.’s Women’s March officially drew half a million marchers. That's three times the amount of people at Donald Trump’s inauguration, and it's not even counting the three million-plus who took the streets worldwide. Madonna sang “Express Yourself” and said some powerful (albeit unprintable) things in D.C.; across the country in Utah, Chelsea Handler told Sundance marchers: “This isn't 1917; it's 2017. We shouldn't have to fight for progress we've already made, but we're ready to.” However, it was feminist icon Gloria Steinem who said it best: “No more asking daddy. We are linked; we are not ranked, and this is a day that will change us forever because we are together.”


Trump's Presidency Is off to an Angry, Rocky Start

As Aziz said in his SNL opener, ”Change comes from large groups of angry people,” not the president. Hope he’s right—especially because Trump’s been really busy this weekend. He’s already begun his repeal of the Affordable Care Act, erased all mention of climate change on the office Whitehouse.gov website, and temporarily shut down the Department of Interiors’ Twitter account after some unflattering tweets. Not OK! Also not OK? Trump’s threats that the media “will pay a big price” after reporting about his small inauguration crowds, as well as Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s outright lies about the number of people in attendance. Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway called them “alternative facts,” a phrase that instantly became meme-ified (and pretty much encapsulated Week One).


Spreading Happy News Makes You a Happier Person, Says Science

Misery might love company, but you don’t have to be an expert to know that it also brings you down. However, experts did survey a bunch of military couples who are currently separated overseas and found that sharing good news—even small stuff!—makes both people feel better, even when they’re apart. This particular research examined romantic relationships, but the intel applies to everything: "This study adds to a larger body of literature that supports how important it is to share with your partner when good things happen, as well as to respond positively to the sharing of good news.” Need something to share? Start here (or here!).


New York Gov Gives More Than a Million Women Access to Free Birth Control
On Saturday morning, just before millions of women joined forces around the globe to march against Trump, Andrew Cuomo reminded us that not ~all~ politicians are terrible. The governor announced that New York health insurers must cover contraception and "medically necessary" abortions. Insert deep sigh of relief here. There’s been a whole lot of unrest around women’s health in the Trump administration (hence why IUD insertions are up a whopping 900%). This power move brings a little solace to women in New York—and a little hope to women in other states that will hopefully follow suit.





One Girl's Experience at the 500,000-Strong D.C. Women's March


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On Saturday, nearly half million people marched through the nation’s capital. I was one of them.

As I entered the packed Union Station in D.C., all I could see were people with pink cat hats coming from all directions. It was truly a beautiful sight. Before the march began, there were speeches from organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, as well as various senators, celebrities, and even a six-year-old girl named Sophie Cruz who, last year, sent a letter to the Pope protesting the DAPL. Artists like Maxwell, Janelle Monae, and Alicia Keys performed, firing up the masses (not that we needed it). And then we marched for hours.

The crowd was so big that the original route was scrapped; instead, everyone started marching every which way, literally shutting down the whole city. The final destination? The White House, of course, to show President Trump that we are stronger together.

I marched with friends, carrying a sign that said:

I’m a black woman
I’m educated
I’m powerful
I will be your future President
I’m here to STAY

President Trump has attacked so many communities—LGBTQ+, Muslims, Latinos, and people with disabilities, just for starters. He attacked my own community during one of his speeches when he said that African-Americans have nothing to lose, that our schools are bad, that we have no jobs, and that we all live in the inner cities. His words were mean, and I really felt disrespected by him.

Regardless, I believe I am powerful. I believe in service and social justice. I want to make my community better, and I want to be President of the United States. The march gave me hope for the next four years. I met so many inspiring people and saw so many inspiring signs. I watched people, young and old, from different backgrounds and cultures, come together for one wonderful cause: To show President Trump that diversity is what makes America GREAT.

The next four years will be hard, but if we come together just like we did on Saturday, then we truly can change this country regardless of who the president is. The Women’s March was just the start, but we can all be changemakers. So where do we go from here? Start your own club that advocates for something you are passionate about. Send your local Congress member a letter about internships. Join activist clubs in your town or online. Volunteer in your community. Donate to causes like Planned Parenthood or arts organizations.

My plan for the next four years is to run for political office, starting at the local level and working my way up. I've always wanted to run for political office, but I thought maybe I was too young. But after this election, I decided that I didn’t want to wait anymore; I believe youth need their voices heard. 


To all the young people who attended the march last weekend: You are POWERFUL. You can truly make a difference. I marched because I truly believe America is a place for everyone. #YesWeDid





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