The Women’s March on Washington

In one of the largest recorded protests in US history, a congregation gathered on the Washington Mall on January 21 to demonstrate their displeasure with the stances and promises of the recently sworn-in administration. Specifically regarding potential policies on abortion, health care, discrimination, civil rights, and legislation regarding Muslims, the nearly three million gathered in the nation’s capital made it clear that they wanted women’s issues addressed and not ignored or legislated over.

The march originally came under severe scrutiny when it became clear that the three women who were organizing the demonstration were all straight, white, and upper-middle class. Feminism itself has been criticized when it fails to incorporate issues for Women of color, LGBTQ+ women, women with disabilities, and women in poverty, as “white feminism,” or an ideology that only benefits straight, white, upper-middle class cis-gendered women. Its counterpart, “Intersectional Feminism,” is one that addresses the intersection of gender, race, income, sexuality, education, and other elements that contribute to a person’s identity and is generally considered a more inclusive, compassionate, and socially just.

To the end that the march did not want a reputation of supporting only “white feminism,” the three leaders stepped down and handed the torch to a black woman, a woman of latin american descent, and a Muslim woman who chooses to wear a hijab. These three young organizers worked hard to create and publicize a demonstration that drew attention to a smorgasbord of issues that afflict women of a wide slew of cultures. And publicize it did.

Crowd engineers estimate that the turnout at the Women’s March was about triple the turnout Donald Trump’s Inauguration, and that does not include the other movements that took place in cities as big as LA and as small as Lancaster, PA. Despite the size, the police didn’t make a single arrest, and there were no reports of property damage. Far from a riot, this demonstration was designed to celebrate American womanhood and make clear that Americans would fight to defend the progress made in women’s healthcare and public safety from assault.

The day of the event, hundreds and hundreds poured into the city, many clad in pink “pussy hats” whose proceeds benefited Planned Parenthood. People of all genders thronged to the streets holding signs declaring that women won’t stand idly by and watch their rights and healthcare erode without some backlash. Marchers carried signs that read “Pussy Grabs Back” in reference to a leaked Trump interview in which he said he would “grab [women] by the pussy.” Celebrities ranging from Madonna to Zendaya to John Legend to Scarlett Johansson attended the event to deliver speeches, perform, or just mingle with other protesters.

Overall, the march was meant to serve as a starter’s block for a long relationship among citizens to stand up against legislation and behavior that will put women in danger or purposefully make life more difficult for them. The march was imperfect for a number of reasons, including the language focused on reproductive organs that may have alienated some trans people, but on the whole, the movement demonstrated the power of numbers and the refusal of the public to take the promises of the incoming administration lying down.

Tips for Success as a Woman

As a working woman in this world, there are a lot of uphill battles you must face on a day-to-day basis. Women still only make an average of 80 cents to each man’s dollar, and that number gets smaller and smaller for women who are also minorities; African American women make an average of 63 cents to a man’s dollar, and Latinas typically make only 54 cents per dollar. Alongside the perpetual gender wage gap, women also face difficulty advancing through businesses and climbing the corporate ladder; of the businesses on the Fortune 500 list, only 21 have females currently holding the role of CEO. Although it can be tough in the working world as a woman, there are things you can learn and teach yourself that can help you in your fight to the top. Without further ado, here are some tips that you, as a woman, can use to help you find success in work and in life.

  1. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
    • No one really likes to talk about money, but one of the worst things you can do to yourself as a professional is be afraid to fight for what you deserve. Forbes notes women’s general discomfort around and tendency to shy away from negotiating has not only lead to them being less successful in their attempts than men but also likely perpetuates the gender wage gap seen across most developed nations. Although it can be mildly terrifying to imagine yourself negotiating wages or promotions, you owe it to yourself and your professional career to not accept less than you are worth.
  2. Network hard and network often.
    • A big part of developing professionally is building a strong network of other professionals with whom you interact and discourse about your industry or business ideas, and to whom you can turn if and when the time comes for a change in employment. Instead of eating lunch alone at your desk, use every meal that you’re at the office as an opportunity to enhance and grow your own professional network.Women are even unintentionally selling themselves short on social media; women dominate every major social networking site – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and overwhelmingly Pinterest – but men still greatly outnumber women on LinkedIn, the professional networking site. Put yourself out there and grow your list of connections as you develop professionally.
  3. Learn to effectively delegate.
    • In their pursuit to “have it all,” some women lose focus of the fact that they don’t have to do it all by themselves. While there are certainly tasks that require your keen eye and expert touch, not every project is a top priority. Former President and CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises Bryan Dyson discusses responsibilities as rubber and glass balls; some balls when you drop them will bounce right back to you, but some balls when mishandled will fall and shatter. When it comes to delegation at the workplace, the glass balls are the things you keep for yourself, and the rubber balls are the ones you pass along to others.

Places To Go For A Playdate On A Rainy Day In San Francisco

On a rainy day in the Bay Area you just want to get the kids out of the house but what are you going to do with them? Well, San Francisco is packed with fun indoor places for you and the kids to hang out at. Whether you want to learn something at a museum, watch the kids run around on a giant playground or enjoy your coffee while your kids are being watched for free there’s no shortage of fun rainy day activities to do with kids in San Francisco.

Peek-a-boo Factory

Location: 2 West Portal Ave. San Francisco, CA

What could be better than a four story, rainbow-colored climbing structure? Kids aged 3-10 can enjoy an abundance of bouncy rooms, balls, slides, steps, ladders, and blow up structures. For toddlers there is an enclosed mini play area with a funhouse mirror, musical toys and mini slides. If your kids get tired of running around they can enjoy the play nook where calmer entertainment, such as books, Legos, trains and a kiddie kitchen, are found. And what about you? What will you be doing while your kids are off having a load of fun? You can enjoy the free wifi, cafe seating and big screen TV!

Whimsy

Location: 14510 Big Basin Way, Ste. 3 Saratoga, CA

Do you have some extra work that you need to catch up on and don’t have anyone to watch your kids? Or do you just need a break to sit back and relax while your kids are off running around? That’s where Whimsy comes in. Whimsy is a cafe/kids play place. While you sit back and enjoy the wifi and delicious food and beverages in the cafe, there are kid-friendly foods too like grilled cheese, your kids will be playing in the back… supervised! There are always trained staff members on hand to watch the children in the play area while the parents can relax in the cafe. What could be better for you and your kids?

Children’s Creativity Museum

Location: 221 4th Street San Francisco, CA

Calling kids of all ages! The Children’s Creativity Museum is an innovative art and technology experience for kids located in the heart of San Francisco. This museum is well known for its hands-on exhibits which allow youth to produce their own media through various interactive and creative processes. They can make stop motion animation, code robots, produce a music video, make art projects, and more!

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Location: 104 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Walt Disney Family Museum explores the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Any kids who love Disney World or Disneyland will love this museum!

Why The Argument Against Women Working is Now Over

Lori Cornmesser

Nearly half of all workers today are women. Most people agree that this is positive movement forward in our country.

A few reasons why:

Men and women nowadays have similar goals in life.
We all want kids, a family (most of us), and to make enough money for investments and living a comfortable lifestyle. We all want to be part of our own success and stay healthy.

Marriage is now more important women than it is for women.
The statistics show that men value being married more so than women, in terms of future goals. Some men agree that women can live a fulfilling life without marriage, and more women believe that is so as well. Two-thirds of all women and men say that they are happy in their marriage or partnership.

Women making more money is very widely accepted now.
Most people are comfortable with the notion of women earning the same amount as men these days. Times are changing as men become more liberal and free to this idea, as compared to their fathers who believe that women should not earn as much as a man. This is an old way of thinking that is going out the door.

Who has a better life?
Men still hold the statistic in terms of what other people believe to be true. Men still have higher benefits than women.

Working mothers are much more common and accepted these days.
Women with children are just as committed to their jobs and careers as women without kids.

People still hold on to the traditional notions of family life. In the 1970s, families consisted of a stay at home parent (mother) who would take care of the kids, make sure the house is orderly, and cook. The father or man of the house was be the breadwinner for the family and went to work daily to earn a living for himself and his family. It just isn’t this way anymore.

The truth is, with the demanding, fast-paced lifestyle that everyone has these days (thanks for technology and other innovations), both men and women are wanting help! Especially when it comes to kids and family life.