Coming home always feels like a big weight off of my shoulders. I think the familiarity of home, family and being in my ultimate safe-place makes it so worthwhile to take some time out and travel back. So, on the 20th of January, I did just that.
Unfortunately on the same 20th of January, the world witnessed a controversial man coming into power that, to many, did not deserve to be there. He symbolises the extraordinary reality of bigotry, he is the epitome of modern fascism, and represents an older generation stuck in racist, misogynistic ways. Yes, he could be a great kick in the ass for America and the world, as everyone on the Trump side keeps saying, but for someone to come into power who encourages the thoughts that have taken years to tear down? I don’t think so. And the world didn’t either.
An exciting time waking up bright and early on Saturday 21st to travel to London to see the Lion King, something I have been excited about for ages! But, before I get into that, luckily I scrolled through social media on my way. Already aware of the #WomensMarch protests happening across the globe, I had no idea I’d get to be stood so close to a movement so powerful for the world, and Trump, to see.
I think the most important thing, that is very hard to understand coming from an outsiders perspective, is that even now, through the fight our parents, grandparents, and generations previous, there is still a big shift in the societal perception of women (and LGBTQ+) that still hasn’t yet been broken. We finally have a strong, powerful voice, we have a beautiful Queen and a woman Prime Minister. We have noticed the most incredible amount of acceptance over the past few years for those seeking to live their life away from the ‘societal norm’. But why is it that we still have to be faced with the same judgement, critique and underestimation due to the fact that a woman is seen, still, as being weaker than a man. We are not paid equally, the statistics show that we are still not getting the same opportunities, and there is a fundamental issue with many women’s and human rights that are still not being recognised even as rights. And it is 2017!
The judgement, the inappropriate touches, the looks, the fear of being alone, the retorts from young ages that girls have little to no value against a man, the derogatory comments, the blame, the victimisation and sexualisation of women is just the start of the issue. And still to this day, millions if not billions of women are still facing even worse conditions across the world- with basic human rights practically non-existent in still too many places. Not to mention that there is now a President, sitting in arguably the most powerful seat in the world, who openly reinforces these disgusting messages. And we are ready for that to change.
I have never been prouder than this generation as I walked across to Trafalgar Square burning time before our Matinee show started. I looked across and saw a wave of strong, powerful individuals (not just women, but men and children of all ages) standing up for what they believe in, what is right – equality. The atmosphere was so raw, so pure and so unbelievably overwhelming. It was so encouraging to those who believe, and don’t believe as well, in this movement – we can make a change. We are all united. We can come together in times of need. And most importantly – nobody is alone in this. And across the world joining in, over 500,000 protestors gathered across 75 countries in all continents of the world, encouraging the conversation. Particularly in America – you guys are my heroes.
Guys, the more we talk, the more we can be heard.
A little girl held a sign saying “To all little girls, never forget that you are valuable & powerful” and in talking to a camera, mentioned that this was for the right for equality, representing the fight of the generations of women who brought us where we are today. Yes, we have come a long way. But there is still a lot of work to be done and we can get there when all of us come together.
And it is so easy to think that we can never make a change alone, that our voices are too small and our words are not powerful enough to reach who we need to. But with our actions and our beings, we can represent the change we want to see in the world. We have a voice more now than ever, with social media being such a huge part of this whole project and the work already done. We are so interconnected and the world is at the palm of our hands. I am so inspired by each and every woman today who has stood up for the future and has embodied the unity of womanhood. We stand together as one and it has never felt so amazing.
Plus, the Lion King was absolutely incredible and if you haven’t seen it in theatre already, I truly recommend it!
What did you think of the Women’s March?