In 1973, Roe v. Wade affirmed a woman’s right to privacy over her body; in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act was signed; and in 2017 the #MeToo movement spread like wildfire. FINALLY, we can tell our stories without fear of retribution and hold men accountable for their unchecked abuse of power over women.
Sadly, I was wrong as evidenced by some of the headlines this week: “Louis C.K. Returns to Comedy Months After Admitting Sexual Misconduct”; “Michigan State: NCAA Finds No Rules Violations in Sexual Assault Cases”; “New Policies Proposed by DeVos Would Limit the Definition of Sexual Harassment on College Campuses.”
Is this how we make America great again – by forcing women back to the 1950s? NO! Women have found their voices and we must continue to use them – with our words, our votes and our pocketbooks.
We must continue to call out those in power trying to shut us down. We must go to the polls in November and vote as if our freedom depends on it because it does, and we must boycott companies and advertisers who care more about their bottom dollar that the pain women have endured.
I am a candidate running for Atlantic County Freeholder, but I write this not as a candidate; but as a woman, a mother and a grandmother. We must rise up in the names of our grandmothers before us and our granddaughters ahead of us. Now it’s OUR turn.