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Like Perry, I felt a bit stunned and disheartened after Donald Trump‘s victory in November. How am I, a woman, supposed to feel about my voice in a society that just elected a man who openly and viciously puts women down at every opportunity?
It was a feeling of defeat, one Perry herself said she relates to.
“I left [NYC, where the Clinton election party was held] covered in a blanket of sadness and despair because for me, and I imagine others, the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions to the surface. I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness. I felt vulnerable, confused and frightened like a child,” Perry wrote on Instagram.
But rather than dwell in her sadness, Perry offered hope that we should all consider.
“From the outside it probably looks as though I’ve always had a ‘voice.’ Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared. Hillary helped me see that we’re all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don’t have. Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out.
“Feelings of despair still come in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence. I am continually inspired by her strength and how she continues to rise like the Phoenix she is, every time.
“It’s funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, ‘Shut up and sing.’ Boy, will I do so in a whole new way… next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.”
And thus our motto was born: Hell hath no fury like a woman reborn.
Sure, Clinton lost the election, but we have not lost the war for equality across all boards.
Perry’s statement wasn’t just talk. Since Clinton’s loss, Perry has continued to advocate for important issues, donate to causes and share her opinions via social media.
How are you advocating for change post-election? Will you use Perry’s motto in your own life?
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