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Count Me In!

“When a woman rises up in her glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.” -Marianne Williamson

My friend at work read the text and announced, “It’s set, tonight, in front of the court house, along the Cape Fear River.” We were all going. Together.

Over two hundred women and men circled the wall which served a makeshift podium. The woman was yelling, “We will not let them speak for us. They will not make decisions for our bodies!” I felt tears welling up in my eyes. It felt so good to stand together with so many women-the energy really was magnetic!

The protest was against a local decision by an all-male County Board of Commissioners to refuse $8,899 in state funds for birth control and other family planning options for local underprivileged women. Video of the county commissioners' meeting posted on the web ignited flames on Facebook and the blaze hopped from post to post and text to text. The protest was coordinated all by using social media so fast (within two days) that there was no time to get the appropriate permit or approval for sound equipment. There was no need-our voices were loud enough....We were surely rising in our power!

~The next week...the county commissioners revoted and decided to accept the funds.

This kind of connection, support, and contagious energy is the power of Web 2.0! A local newspaper article didn’t ignite the outrage, coordinate the gathering, or insist on change in my county. It was one woman contacting another woman supporting another all through social media. It was a small victory. It was swift and efficient. I was amazed!

As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a journalist. I wanted to tell the truth, expose injustices, and start revolutions with my words. I was young and naive. I didn’t understand the biases that exist within the structures of traditional, main stream media. Biases that led me to underestimate the importance of my voice. Web 2.0 can join my voice with other women across the world as easily as across town! New Media provides a platform for us women to tell our stories and take control of our narratives. The OpEd Project asked in 2012, ‘Who is Narrating the World?’

Count me in!

Comments

ola.mahadi's picture

And you surew count

Your post is so powerful and full of positive energy yes through Web 2.0 we matter as women and our voice counts.
Good job

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Jennifer Brier's picture

Thank you for your thoughtful

Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am deeply thankful for this platform and the opportunity to connect with strong powerful sisters like you from all over the world. With each connection our voices become stronger!

In Partnership,

Jennifer

Jennifer

"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

Lylinaguas's picture

Profound!

I can imagine how you felt throughout that gathering when you and your friends were raising your voices to be heard. And you WERE heard! That is exactly what the web has done for so many of us...it has given us the voice to reach out and be heard. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Lylin

tracimichelle8's picture

Powerful!

Thank-you for sharing the quote from Marianne Williamson. I love it! I can feel your energy and power in this entry.
I can really relate to this sentence you wrote, "Biases that led me to underestimate the importance of my voice." I grew up not believing that my voice was important. I felt that what I said had little or no value. I can only imagine that there are others in this world that feel that way. You demonstrate from your story how powerful Web 2.0 is and how it can unite, empower and create positive change. Thank-you! I look forward to hearing more from you!
Traci

Hannah B's picture

Thank you!

Thank you for sharing this story!
It is so wonderful to know that there are instances like this of people coming together through social media in the U.S. to stand up against discrimination....it seems like there is so much to fight against and often people give up, so thanks for sharing a positive story!
Good luck with all your work and writing!

Hannah

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