The aftermath of yesterday's election has left me confused and heartbroken. I'm honestly still attempting to make sense of it all, but can't find a way to accept it just yet. There's a deep pang in my heart for all the women that desperately wanted to shatter that impenetrable glass ceiling just as much as I did.
However, in the midst of the crumbling feminine morale, we achieved a small nerdy victory. Riri Williams made her debut today as Ironheart, the female African-American teenage predecessor of Tony Stark (Iron Man). Being a woman that loves comics so dearly, seeing this rekindled my faith that feminism is still traveling an upward slope.
To the women that fought endlessly for our right to vote, the women that waited 96 years to vote for a woman president; I love you. To the women that crave the equality we are gradually inching towards every day; I love you. But finally, to the all the incredible young girls currently witnessing this momentous event, you will see a woman in the White House. You will read about her in your history books, you will vote for her in future elections, but most importantly, she will inspire you to be brave, strong, and courageous enough to follow your most daring aspirations, whatever they may be.
I'm learning to perceive this as a negligible setback, instead of a terminal loss. Please don't let this extinguish the flames of your beliefs and continue to fight for the rights you deserve. 💪🏽💕
TLDR; Ladies, keep being badasses. 👊🏽