Usually my Feminist Friday posts are depressing, anger filled, and very opinionated. Today however it’s pleasant and encouraging. 🙂
Did you Join the march on Washington? If so, pat yourself on the back, give yourself a high five, treat yourself to a shot, or whatever it is you do to celebrate. If you haven’t seen the news yet the Woman’s March won a “Freedom of Expression Courage” award!
Millions of people marched across the country, and the world, making it the biggest single-day demonstration in United States history! FUCK YES! Go us! Every man, woman, and child who participated in that march should feel proud of what we accomplished.
PEN America (a non-profit organization that promotes literature and human rights defends free expression, supports persecuted writers, and promotes literary culture) announced they are presenting the Women’s March (its organizers and participants) with the 2017 PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression COurage Award.
I did a little research and this award “was established in 2015 to honor exceptional acts of courage in the exercise of freedom of expression.” (PEN.org) Last year the award went to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Lee-Anne Walters who were two very important women in exposing the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply. In 2015 the award went to Charlie Hebdo. After their office was attacked and 12 people lost their lives the surviving staff vowed to continue their work. Their next edition had the mantra “All is Forgiven” and donated all the proceeds to the victims’ families.
That’s pretty freaking awesome if you ask me! For a march to be held in the same category as the awe inspiring men and women who have previously won this award gives me goose bumps. It gives me hope that even though we may have to suffer with a sexist pig as our president we can and will continue to promote love and equality. ❤