Women have mixed feelings about whether to fear a Trump presidency

I’m not afraid, I’m excited

“I am not afraid; I am excited. Nearly half of the country voted for change, presumably because they are not happy with the way things are. I’m one of those people. Sometimes things need to get worse before they get better. I’m hoping this isn’t one of those situations, but will deal with it if it is. I’m optimistic about the years to come. I’m hopeful that we can bring back American pride and lose some of the divisiveness that has escalated over the past several years. America is made of people from all different nationalities, religions and cultures. That’s what makes this country so great. This was a historic election — a woman was a candidate for president! It wasn’t that long ago that women weren’t allowed to vote. I don’t see how we’re likely to regress now. Too many of us just won’t stand for it.” — Dee Fisher-Golden

I’m afraid for my friends, family and neighbors

“I’m afraid for my LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. Although Trump has said he would leave the Marriage Equality Act alone, his election has already inspired hate crimes in the form of vandalism and violent crime around my home state of Utah and across the country. I’m afraid for men, women, and even entire families who rely on Planned Parenthood for effective, unbiased, affordable, and accessible healthcare. Trump and Pence’s promises to repeal Roe vs. Wade would deny many of these women access to safe and affordable abortion services. I’m afraid for men, women, and children of color who have been subjected to increased hatred following Trump’s election into office. I fear for Muslims and other religions that face discrimination and hate due to remarks and promises made by the President-elect during his campaign. I fear for Latino families and individuals who have been working hard to build lives in this country for decades and now face deportation and discrimination at the hand of hate. I’m afraid for men, women, and children in Syria and other volatile countries that need our help. As a woman, I’m afraid that misogynistic behaviors and actions will become normalized. These are some of the many reasons I fear for our nation’s future under a Trump presidency.” — Cosette Jarrett

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I’m afraid and also hopeful

“Everyone has a right to their feelings. Donald Trump directly threatens the civil rights of many people living in America, so yes, I am afraid. But I also feel hopeful that I can continue to contribute to the country in positive ways and that this President-elect will not ultimately determine America’s identity.” Julia Travers

I’m sad and I will stand with the afraid

“I sat on my bedroom floor, watching the results of the election come in. Fear filled my entire being, and I couldn’t help but question my entire future. I am afraid still, and my heart is with people of color — specifically women of color. My heart is with women who have stopped wearing their hijabs out of fear of being attacked. My heart is with the young girls of the U.S. who could have seen something historic happen, something that would have opened up doors. I stand in solidarity with all of these people, every person in America being targeted: I stand with you and for you. As a white woman, I am going to do my best to make sure that women of every color and religious practice has a voice that is heard.” Michella Apodaca

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