30 Thoughts From Women Who See Me

I've spent the last week in search of hope. My search was self-care—walks around the lake, warm loaves of bread, solo dance parties to Lizzo's,Good as Hell. It was shock at the sound of my own voice, thundering in a crowd, filling up familiar streets. It was text messages, hugs, eye contact with the people I love who find themselves even more vulnerable after November 8th. It was reading—knowing that words are everything when they seep into you, and when you allow them to actually move you. Here are a few of the words that have encouraged me to walk in hope since Tuesday. 

"As a woman, an immigrant, a person of color, and an American, seeing our communities coming together these past few days were much needed. Thank you for supporting each other, and for creating safe space for one another. The fight goes on and I am with you."
— @koonyaistudio, jeweler

"Vowing to find ways to use my mind, my hands, my heart, my soul, my art to be a part of some kind of solution. I simply cannot accept regression."
— @2ndtruth, photographer

"Get drinks and burgers with your girlfriends and start planning the revolution"
— @tal_joy, of Flock of Broads

"and yet flowers are still beautiful"
— @annikakaplan, jeweler

— @caitabrams, photographer

"I have never dreamed of being a princess. I have not longed for Prince Charming. I have and do long for something resembling a happily ever after. I am supposed to be above such flights of fantasy, but I am not. I am enamored of fairy tales."
— Roxane Gay

"I will never stop complaining."
— Margaret Cho

"If I know what's true in my heart and my soul, then what people say can't shape that."
Willow Smith

"To choose to write is to reject silence."
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"You are your best thing."
— Tony Morrison

“The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.”
— Warsan Shire

“A new world hangs outside the window / Beautiful and strange / It must be falling away / I must be / Sound and color with me for my mind / And it should show you where to go when I need to speak.”
— Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes

"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."
— Michelle Obama

"What I've learned is that real change is very, very hard. But I've also learned that change is possible - if you fight for it."
— Elizabeth Warren

"By doing the work to love ourselves more, I believe we will love each other better."
— Laverne Cox

"I count the support and encouragement of women as my primary motivation for writing."
— Cheryl Clarke

"A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die."
— Nikki Giovanni

"The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot."
— Audre Lorde

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth."
— Louise Erdrich

"I am the dragon breathing fire / Beautiful mane, I’m the lion"
— Beyoncé Knowles Carter

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”
— Barbara Ehrenreich

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance. ”
— bell hooks

“‘I can’t’ are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in this world.”
— Wilma Rudolph

“You can fall, but you can rise also.”
— Angelique Kidjo

"I do not weep at the world. I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."
— Zora Neale Hurston

“Where there is a woman there is magic. If there is a moon falling from her mouth, she is a woman who knows her magic, who can share or not share her powers. A woman with a moon falling from her mouth, roses between her legs and tiaras of Spanish moss, this woman is a consort of the spirits.”
— Ntozake Shange

"Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it's a good place that we're all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it."
— Alice Walker

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

"Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before."
— Gloria Steinem

"Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on."
— Hillary Clinton