Most individuals would in all probability agree the United States has its issues, starting with the truth that, someway, Donald Trump turned the president elect in November. I do know that assertion could make it straightforward to really feel utterly hopeless — however as an alternative of giving up on the nation and crusing the world in a submarine (that is nearly as remoted as you will get, for my part), attempt making some resolutions that will actually make America great for everybody — not simply wealthy white males with tiny palms and a nasty comb over.
To be truthful, New Year’s resolutions might be exhausting to maintain. I feel the longest I’ve ever managed to stay to at least one was once I promised myself I might watch fewer cat movies, and that solely lasted about 30 seconds as a result of my web went down and I actually could not watch cat movies. That being stated, 2016 was a troublesome yr for just about everybody — and I do not find out about you, however I undoubtedly do not need to repeat any of this yr’s nonsense. So with that in thoughts, listed here are a number of resolutions for the brand new yr that may truly make America nice. They’re completely doable, and belief me: issues might sound bleak, however now’s the time to return collectively.
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There are issues with lack of equal gender illustration in lots of professions, and women, particularly, are underrepresented in lots of industries. Politics are notably male-dominated, although. Although the variety of women in Congress has grown over time, women nonetheless make up less than 20 percent of the House and Senate — even after the 2016 election. Put one other method, greater than three quarters of Congress is male, however they’re making selections about issues that deeply affect women’s lives.
There’s a cause illustration issues; when lady politicians are elected, different women profit. According to Vox, analysis has proven that women are more likely to sponsor bills associated to women’s health, youngsters’s issues, and welfare coverage, amongst different areas. In brief, among the best methods to guard women’s rights is to help feminine politicians. 2017 is not an enormous election yr, however there are nonetheless a couple of native elections happening, and there is all the time political campaigning to be achieved.
This is a vital one. Even if Trump reneges on his (preposterous) promise to construct a wall between the United States and Mexico, he constructed his marketing campaign on xenophobic, nationalist rhetoric, and he has even threatened to create an American Muslim registry. He later partially walked again on that latter menace, nevertheless it definitely does not create a welcoming local weather. So, in 2017, be the change you need to see: If you see an occasion or racism or xenophobia name it out. The solely approach we will battle hate is with love.
While lawmakers in some states tried to severely limit access to abortion, hashtags like #ShoutYourAbortion additionally made efforts to struggle emotions of disgrace related to the process. While efforts just like the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag are essential and did lots to assist progress be made, we’re all simply starting to chip away on the stigma. Help the method together with one easy motion: Talk about abortion.
The protests at Standing Rock might have resulted in a historic victory, however that does not imply the issues dealing with the Native American individuals are over. Native American women are a number of the most underpaid within the nation, and lots of Native American communities endure from high rates of unemployment and poverty. Don’t let Standing Rock and all the opposite issues dealing with Native Americans be forgotten.
The wage hole could also be extensively mentioned nowadays, however little is definitely being finished about it. Take a cue from women like actress Emmy Rossum, who successfully negotiated equal pay as her male co-star William H. Macy on Shameless — after which a increase to make up for the years she was paid lower than him. Get yours, women.
If you need to make your voice heard, use the prevailing system to your profit. Say goodbye to the silent majority, and phone your representatives. One option to sustain with native issues is with providers like Daily Action Alerts, which places you in contact with politicians each enterprise day.
Regardless of whether or not it influenced the election leads to any vital method, pretend information has grow to be a significant issue on the web. Last month, a BuzzFeed investigation found that deceptive and outright false information concerning the election on Facebook outperformed election information from 19 main information retailers, and thinkpiece after thinkpiece has been written about how 2016 became the year of fake news. Fortunately, ending its unfold is straightforward sufficient: Check your sources, particularly earlier than you share something on social media .
Speaking of social media, 2017 must be the yr we step out of the echo chamber. Studies have proven that folks are typically associates and work together with these just like themselves. This self-imposed ideological isolation has undoubtedly performed a task in creating the present polarized political local weather, so step outdoors your consolation zone and speak to individuals with viewpoints aside from your personal.
There are numerous organizations throughout the nation offering women’s healthcare and household planning, however Planned Parenthood, having helped tens of millions of individuals across the nation, is likely one of the most necessary. However, the group’s federal funding has been focused by conservatives for years, and one in every of its most vehement opponents, Mike Pence, was simply elected vice chairman of the United States. Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have gotten a real menace to women’s health; in 2015, a research discovered that when native clinics shut down, the speed of unintended pregnancies rises in that space. In 2017, donate to the group or converse out towards defunding when you possibly can.
It’s protected to say women’s health and abortion clinics can use all the assistance they will get, particularly as they’re typically the location of protests by anti-abortion activists. Give again to your native clinic by volunteering as a clinic escort, or in another capability.
Despite what many conservatives might consider, local weather change is backed by fairly a little bit of proof. Unless some critical technological developments are made quickly, Earth is the one house we have got — so, we have now to deal with it. Recycle, scale back your waste, and discover different methods to scale back your influence on the setting.
Following the election, the temper was definitely somber amongst many feminists. (I do know I did not emerge from my cocoon of Hillary Clinton biographies and blankets for days.) But it has been lengthy sufficient that it is time to settle for that Trump will probably be our subsequent president, and to start out getting ready accordingly. That stated, keep in mind that it isn’t the top of the world — there have been all types of ups and downs in America’s historical past, and we did not survive them by merely giving up. It’s OK to be afraid, nevertheless it’s necessary all of us band collectively and do one of the best we will to actually make America a protected, great spot to be.
Also, do not transfer to Canada. We want one another right here.
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