On Saturday afternoon, at the Women’s March on Washington, I stood amongst strong ass women, men unafraid of equality, and children who have brave parents. I stood amongst humans of all colors and races, close to the same spot from which I watched President Obama inaugurated in 2013 (to a VERY big crowd #fact). The obvious contrast now is the uncertainty that surrounds this new administration. But there was a similar sense of hope.
“The future is female.”
When Obama was first elected, I was a dietetic intern, starting to obsess over what my future as a dietitian might be. I could barely think beyond our June graduation, getting a job, living in DC, or mastering how to use a corkscrew. I didn’t know where I would be one year later, much less ten. I had no idea what kind of career I might have, or what it would mean to be a woman with a career.
I haven’t strongly advocated for women’s issues until very recently.
But my most recent career experience in the startup world brought a lot of women’s issues to light.
I’m still learning, but we can advocate at the same time.
I’m being open about my vote (FOR HER), voicing my opinions, telling you my health stories, and marching with my fellow badass females. I’m upset about how this election turned out, but ready to run with it. I’ve been reading more books by female authors, following newly-elected female Senators and Representatives, and seeking out opportunities that will teach me something about what can and needs to be done. I’m acutely aware of my gaps in knowledge and actively filling them by being inquisitive, open-minded, and humble.
To my fellow female dietitians: Don’t let up just because we are the majority.
Let us not forget that, in the media, the list of strong voices in nutrition and health includes Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Gary Taubes, Mark Hyman, and David Katz (to name a few). But if you Google “Nutrition expert” you see a list of women. The majority of dietitians in this country are women. We could bring a strong female voice to that list above, supporting their work but providing both the unique perspective and the community women need from each other.
This is the future female.
She’s unapologetically bold, strong, opinionated, loud, powerful, and connected. No matter her profession or expertise, she’s marching alongside, supporting, fighting and working for her female friends. She’s ready to put up a fight for her fundamental rights in career, health, and life. She’s building bridges, not walls. She’s showing you what democracy looks like, not marginalizing or discriminating. She knows that her mind, her body, and her power at not up for debate. She’s here—maybe right next to you—and is not going anywhere.