On January 21st, many women will be banding together across the nation for a movement, The Women’s March on Washington. These women are marching, supposedly, not in opposition of President Trump, but to raise awareness and support for issues such as family leave, racial profiling, contraceptive and abortion accessibility, and other issues.
Women’s rights are human rights, an indisputable fact. I just find myself, as a woman, unable to support this march. When Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood is speaking, I question the credibility of representation of ALL women, born, unborn, and pro-life. The Women’s March on Washington has already disavowed the participation of several pro-life groups as official partners, proving the lack of support for unborn girls and pro-life women as well, as we don’t fit their narrative of what women should believe in or represent.
There are no conservative activists or speakers in this March, excluding a whole group of women just based on political beliefs. Can conservative women not believe or support in human rights? Do I have my feminism card revoked because I believe fiscal responsibility is the correct choice for America?
However, my activism, and the activism of many other conservative women is different. We aren’t staging ‘cough in’s’ inside of Trump Tower restaurants, we are advocating for a feasible, economically responsible replacement for Obamacare. We aren’t claiming we ‘want to get abortions’ like Lena Dunham, we are advocating for people to choose life for their potential children, as we understand that all life is valid, sacred, and valuable. We aren’t saying contraceptives are the work of the devil, we just don’t think it’s our duty to pay for other people’s choices.
My feminism isn’t the feminism that advocates for walking around scantily clad in a Slut Walk, but rather the feminism that supports women becoming doctors, educators, and lawyers. My feminism supports healthy choices rather than wanting to get an abortion, diversity in both thought and color, and that women don’t need the government to give them everything for them to succeed. The Women’s March on Washington does not represent me, or my interests, as a conservative woman, as a woman who believes life is sacred, as a woman who votes on what I believe in rather than what is popular.