Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem has welcomed New Yorkers to “the resistance” against Donald Trump.
“The good news is we’re all doing the single most important thing, which is being together…and listening to each other,” Steinem said, speaking at the National Organization for Women of New York’s Post-Election Call to Action event on November 14.
Steinem urged activists to reach out to people most vulnerable under a Trump presidency, and shared anecdotes about anti-immigration sentiment emerging across the country.
Steinem acknowledged that the feminist movement has a lot of work to do reaching out to Republican female voters, particularly as over half of white women in America voted for Donald Trump.
“We need to reach out and strengthen each other so that that doesn’t happen again,” she said.
Steinem defended democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and blamed the false equivalency of the media for transforming Clinton from the “most admired woman in the world” to having the same trust rating as Richard Nixon.
“Just as we would never tell a woman, man or child to return to a dangerous household, we are not turning back. And maybe, just maybe, we are about to be free” – Gloria Steinem
However, she said the fact that Clinton won the popular vote is an indication that the majority of American’s do believe in a progressive agenda.
“It’s important [to remember that], because it will cause us to look at each other instead of looking up. I mean we see this one person up there, and we think we’re not in the majority, but that’s wrong. [Trump] is in the minority,” Steinem said.
Steinem also praised the anti-Donald Trump protesters in New York, adding that she was “proud” and “touched” by the people in the streets every night since the verdict on November 8.
America is now “on the verge of violence” Steinem said, but urged New Yorkers to see this point of danger as also one of promise and possibility.
“Just as we would never tell a woman, man or child to return to a dangerous household, we are not turning back. And maybe, just maybe, we are about to be free,” she added.
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