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After The Women’s March What Happens Now?

Hey Cuties,

This was a long politically charged weekend and I have the joy of living in the DC Metro area. We had thousands of folks in town for the Inauguration on Friday and millions on Saturday for the Women’s March.  I made Friday and anti-political day — I just didn’t want to deal with it. Babe and I dropped the kids off and set out on a Day Date. We went to see the new movie, Sleepless with Jaime Fox. I wasn’t familiar with this movie but Babe usually has good recommendations, so I rolled with it. We followed that up with lunch, scooped up LittleCuteLips and then cheered the Man-Child on at his basketball game. Although, we ushered in a new administration on Friday, I focused on those that mean the most to me because of my sanity.

On Saturday, over a million women flocked to Washington, DC and over five-million worldwide participated in the  Women’s March.Two days prior, I really thought about going, but decided against it. I had a variety of mixed feelings; a lot of the city was on lock down for security reasons, we had protesters in town and the KKK… Although I decided not to attend, I did celebrate the movement.

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Women’s March on Washington {Photo Credit: www.womensmarch.com}

Even though I didn’t attend the march, I did enjoy watching some of the footage on social media. It was nice to see that the first phase of the march was a success. I also appreciate the fact that they have a follow up plan. You can’t just go home and sit on your butt after the women’s march.  You must do something. If you are unsure of what that “something” is, they have provided 10 Action steps for you to take during the first 100 Days.

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Mi, Faye, Ty & Kiah

My cousins and I decided to see a movie and grab some lunch. I had the perfect movie in mind for us and I was glad they were on board with it. Hidden Figures came out in theaters on Christmas Day and has been breaking records week after week (to the tune of 64.4 million dollars). This movie is based on a true story.  I attended a screening before Christmas and I was 1. Mad that I didn’t know the story beforehand. 2. I wanted to tell everyone to go and see it. 3. I was inspired. 4. I had to bring my kids to see this. {I’m taking them on Friday.}

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Hidden Figures

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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Portrait of Katherine Johnson {Photo Credit: NASA}

Katherine Johnson: African-American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she conducted technical work at NASA that spanned decades. During this time, she calculated the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many flights from Project Mercury, including the early NASA missions of John Glenn and Alan Shepard, and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon, through the Space Shuttle program.  Her calculations were critical to the success of these missions.  Johnson also did calculations for plans for a mission to Mars. On November 16th of last year Katherine was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. source

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Portrait of Dorothy Vaughan {Photo Credit: Courtesy Vaughan Family}

Dorothy Vaughan: Was an African-American mathematician who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In 1949, she became acting supervisor of the West Area Computers, the first African-American woman to supervise a staff at the center.  She later was promoted officially to this position. During her 28-year career, Vaughan prepared for the introduction of machine computers in the early 1960’s by teaching herself and her staff the programming language of FORTRAN; she later headed the programming section of the Analysis and Computation Division (ACD) at Langley. source

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Mary Jackson at Work NASA Langley {Photo Credit: NASA}

Mary Jackson: Was an American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which in 1958 was succeeded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia for most of her career. She started as a human computer at the segregated West Area Computing division. She took advanced engineering classes and in 1958 became NASA’s first black female engineer.  source

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The Future is Female {Photo Credit: Unknown}

They say women don’t support one another, women don’t come together.  Well can we move past that way of thinking now? I have had a ton of women in my circle over the years. I appreciate their support and I love to see all of us win.  However everyone in my circle looks like me, but not by design… What does your circle look like?  I would love to have a sisterhood that looks more like this picture. The truth of the matter is we are different, but we don’t have to treat one another differently.  Don’t say you don’t see color, it is very offensive. That is like telling someone they are invisible.   I want you to see me I want you to see this pretty brown skin, just don’t treat me differently because of it.  The women in Hidden Figures were treated like they were invisible.  I have been treated like I was invisible in the work place, in a store, with brands, in meetings, etc. I do not like having to work twice as hard to prove that I am worthy. Just because it is not your problem, does not mean it is not a problem. We all need to be part of the solution, we can’t do it alone.

REMINDERS FROM HIDDEN FIGURES!

#1 You cannot wait for someone to make your dreams come true. In this movie, these ladies asked for what they wanted. When they did not get the answer they wanted to hear, they continued to ask. When they made up “new rules” they pushed to get what they needed to get where they wanted to go.

#2 These women were great in the midst of segregation, racism, doubt, and sexism, yet they pushed through and achieved their personal goals. They just so happen to make history doing so. Don’t forget to make  hisherstory.

#3 Be open to love — sometimes life jades us. Sometimes we get so caught up in what happened in the past that you don’t dream of a better future.

#4 Own who you are and the skills you bring to the table.  On many occasions, these ladies were the only black person in the room and the only woman in the room. They were constantly reminded that they did not belong (even after proving that they did). Show up in the rooms you are not invited in and show out.  Leave feeling proud that you shook up the world today.

#5 Be true to yourself and eventually they will get it — or not. Do not apologize for your greatness but do accept your apologies in a variety of forms. Be the change the world needs!

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Are we all in this together? {Photo Credit: Unknown}

We must work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

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After the women’s march how will you get your friends, family and community together and make history? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. robin masshole mommy

    I wasn’t able to march last Saturday, but I LOVED watching my feeds and seeing the coverage on all of my social media channels.

  2. Alli Smith

    I haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, but I’m going to. All of my grown kids have seen it and they’ve told me it’s a must-see.

  3. candy

    My son saw this movie over the weekend and said he really enjoyed watching. Suggested to me that if I wanted to go to the movies this one would the one to watch. Appreciate your thought on the movie.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Candy this is one to see for sure. It is inspiring in so many ways. It reminds you that women are still not equal to men even if we are better.

  4. Carissa

    I love your reminders at the end of this post! I cant wait to see Hidden Figures…my mom worked at NASA for 35 years (its actually where she retired from) and having gone to the museum and being around her job for YEARS its actually heartbreaking that this story hasn’t really been shared until now! My circle is becoming more diverse and I love it!!!

  5. Heidi Dee

    I’ve been seeing the advertisements for Hidden Figures for a while and have been dying to see it! I’m glad it lives up to the hype!

  6. Angelic Sinova

    I was at the march in Chicago and words can’t describe want an amazing feeling it was to see everyone out there marching together. I can’t wait to see Hidden Figures, I’m seeing it Thursday!

  7. Kimberly

    I am looking forward to seeing Hidden Figures. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the film. I wish my daughter was old enough to see it. I can’t wait to encourage her towards her dreams as she gets older.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Kimberly I feel the same way, my daughter is only 5. Trust and believe I will have the DVD and when she gets a little older we will have a Mommy Daughter movie night.

  8. Christy Maurer

    I’m definitely planning on seeing Hidden Figures. It looks like it would be great for the entire family. The one thing that bothered me about the women’s march is that I kept thinking about how much I adore both my kids (daughter and son) and hate it when anyone is against either gender. It felt really hate filled in some areas while I am sure others were not there to bash men. It’s like they say…what the world needs now, is love sweet love.

    • MimiCuteLips

      It is great for the entire family for sure. I am a mother of a son and a daughter as well. The march wasn’t about picking sides. It was about treating boys and girls equal, it is proven that women aren’t treated equally to men. I don’t know about you put I want my pay to be just as high as theirs when we are doing the same work.

  9. Pam Wattenbarger

    I have been wanting to see Hidden Figures. Everyone I know who has seen it has raved about it and said how inspirational it is.

  10. Claudia Krusch

    I am excited to go see Hidden Figures this week. My girlfriends and I are going to go see it together. I think it is so important to learn about the powerful women of the past.

  11. Claudia Krusch

    I am excited to go see Hidden Figures this week. My girlfriends and I are going to go see it together. I think it is so important to learn about the powerful women of the past.

  12. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    I haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, but have heard that it’s amazing! I live in a smaller town with a movie theater over 1/2 hour away lol. So my movies now have to wait for DVD or Apple TV purchase.

  13. Agnes

    I can’t wait to watch Hidden figures. Its such an amazing story .

  14. Nikka Shae

    This movie was so amazing and I love all of the girl power and we need to all keep it up.

  15. Thirty30Courtney

    Amen. Don’t just attend a march to say you were there and do it for the ‘gram without a follow up plan. I plan on transitioning out of K-12 at the end of this academic year and getting into a nonprofit role so that I can be in the community even more without restrictions from public school rules. Thanks for the reminder!

  16. ricci

    I still can’t wait to go see Hidden Figures! I need to get to the movies ASAP!!

  17. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I need to watch this Hidden Figures. I love watching movies about inspiring women. This movie would be a good one for young girls to see to build their confidence that they can do anything they set their hearts into.

  18. Tanya Barnett

    We created a FB group for women in my county who attended the march and want change. Last night there was a 100 postcard campaign.

  19. michele d

    Oh, I need to see this movie. Anything that empowers women to do more I’m all over it. It was amazing to see the women march on social media and television. Such a powerful movement.

  20. Rebecca Swenor

    Hidden Figures is something I am waiting to see. Women have spoken up more and more each year and I to enjoyed see the footage of the Women’s March. It is so true that it must not just stop after the march because than it would be forgotten I believe. Thanks for sharing the information.

  21. Kenya

    I watched some of the march stuff on social media. I really just have t been able to digest all that I feel. I think like you I’m focusing on the ones I love. Hidden figures was awesome and I checked it out with the kids on Mlk day. That and the movie loving.

  22. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I am definitely hoping to catch this movie soon. I wasn’t able to march, but I love the power of peaceful protests! Women have indeed come a long way, but there’s always room for more progress!

  23. Tiffany H.

    I loved the movie Hidden figures, I enjoyed the movie for several different reasons. I think every African America Women needs to see it! I miss DC for these reasons, to be right on the middle of the action when world turning events occur.

  24. Ayanna

    My husband took my 7-year-old daughter to see Hidden Figures the Saturday after it came out and they both loved it. I plan on seeing it as well and buying it on dvd once it comes out so my twins can watch it when they get a little older. Continuing to stay involved in my community and my church is very important to me, especially so I can be an example for my girls.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yay Hubby, that sounds like great Daddy and Daughter time. I can’t wait to get it on DVD also, my daughter is only 5 but I want her to see it over and over again. I love that Ayanna.

  25. Kirstin Fuller

    Yes we are in this thing together! I love the history that ‘Hidden Figures’ has brought to the forefront. I wonder why it took so long. I’m very thankful the women kept going despite what was constantly put in their path to deter their work.

  26. Stacie

    I saw a bit of the footage of the women’s march and it looked like it might have been fun, not sure if I would have gone either. I still haven’t seen hidden figures yet. It’s on my list though!

  27. Ramona

    Great post. I loved the Hidden Figures movie. I, too, was mad that I didn’t know the story beforehand. However, I was moved by the tenacity and sacrifices the women made in order to succeed. Thanks for sharing your story and the reminders.

  28. Marielle Altenor

    I’m still not over the fact that I didn’t even know there was a women’s march until the very same day it happened. I wish I had the chance to be part of this.

  29. Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    I loved the book “Hidden Figures” but I haven’t seen the movie yet. I can’t wait to take my daughters. Everyday they ask me if they are going to see it. This post was full of so much inspiration.

  30. Adeola Naomi

    I love that movie so much I will see it twice too and I am asking the same question where are all those women marching now?
    I love that you used the word herstory, I hope it is added soon the dictionary and the word shero. If they can add selfie, they should add these words too.

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