For centuries, women around the world have utilized their voices to change and improve the societies and conditions they live in. Often looked down upon from influential men, women wanted to create a better world for them and generations to come. They started gathering around the same cause and promoting ideas on how to improve their society. Movements and nonprofits started rising, marches organized, and awareness being spread. While progress has been made, there’s still much to be done.
With the wide-world spread and acceptance of the #MeToo movement, more and more women started acknowledging how powerful their voices can be. They've found the courage and inspiration to speak up and take action regarding issues that matter. One of those young women is Emma Gonzalez.
Emma Gonzalez is a true inspiration for the world, but in particular the United States. A survivor of the Parkland, Florida shooting, Emma has quickly become a leading voice for her generation. In the response to the shooting, she co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD (#NeverAgain).
Emma’s voice was first heard couple of days after the Parkland incident at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she called out lawmakers' "B.S.". Needless to say that she immediately got support from like-minded people that are rooting for strict gun control laws, including the Obama family.
González and other shooting Parkland survivors, Hogg, Kasky, and Sarah Chadwick, organized and participated in the nationwide March for Our Lives protest on March 24, 2018, with a focus on speakers and a march in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of students participated in the March for Our Lives where Emma gave a tremendous and powerful speech that brought tears to the audience. She honored the victims of the shooting with chilling 6 minutes and 20 seconds of silence - the amount of time it took Nicolas Cruz to finish with the shooting. Press officials were stating that the March was the biggest March of students in US history.
Emma has been attacked on social media and media in general by chairmen, congressmen and NRA officials. She’s been called a dummy and a lesbian. In public. She is Cuban, bisexual and 18 years old and not afraid to speak her mind and confront the problem of gun violence in US.
We should all be like Emma. We should all speak up, take a strong stand and be vocal regarding things that really matter like ending gun violence and gender inequality. Nodding our heads with approval and not taking action will take us nowhere. Only with action, persistence and clear message our voices will be heard.