This is a Call to Action

This is an excerpt from the letter that appears in the next issue of Ms., which is only available to members. If you don’t already subscribe to Ms., subscribe today to stand with us as we fight back. We’ve spent 44 years rebelling and truth-telling, and we’re not stopping now.

The unimaginable has happened. Donald Trump—after a blatantly misogynist, racist, anti-LGBT, anti-disability, xenophobic campaign— has won the electoral vote and is the president-elect of the USA.Law

In the agony of election night, few of us noticed that the majority of the American electorate had, in fact, voted for Hillary Clinton. The majority of women voted for Clinton, the majority of people under the age of 45, the majority of low-income workers and the overwhelming majority of African Americans (88 percent) and Latino/as. The gender gap was large—12 points—with 54 percent of women voting for Hillary and 53 percent of men voting for Trump.

It was not enough. Our electoral college system, which favors states not people, gives more weight per vote to citizens in small states than those in populous ones.

We must face the fact that Donald Trump is not an outlier, but instead reflects the policies of the right wing of his party. He ran on a platform to build a wall and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, to repeal Obamacare, to ban abortion, to defund family- planning programs, to dramatically reduce funding for Medicaid and deny nursing care to elderly women.

Let’s be clear: These policies have no public mandate, and the margin of this election was razor thin. We must organize, organize, organize to defend our fundamental values and priorities: ending discrimination, winning equality, ensuring social justice and reversing global climate change.

This is not the time for feminists to sit on the sidelines. We must fight on. We have come too far and worked too hard to go back now.

This is a call to action. If you have the ability, desire and drive to volunteer for your favorite feminist cause or organization, the time to do so is now. Clinics need escorts; nonprofits need volunteer researchers, event organizers, administrators, lawyers, artists, designers, computer techies and fundraisers. Everyone and every skill count. We all need your passion, encouragement, skills, commitment, financial support—big or small.

We at Ms. pledge to keep on keeping on with renewed vigor and commitment to meet this historic challenge. We will never go back, and we will never give up. We will continue to spread the ideas, joys, activities, setbacks and advances of feminists both at home and across the globe.

Screen shot 2015-02-10 at 5.30.04 PMEleanor Smeal is president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and publisher of Ms.




Kathy Spillar is executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation and executive editor of Ms.

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  1. Carrie Baker says:

    I too pledge to keep on fighting!! Thank YOU for your leadership!

  2. It is not clear to me what action to take that will actually make a difference And . You are right – volunteering, assisting with research and providing help where one’s talent is needed – yes… Do we then lobby the government with letters and/or continued protests and booing ? Do we onslaught our representatives with our dislike to proposed legislation and changes ?
    As far as discussing the close connections between the KKK and the guy saying “Stop it” as he installs his governing gang – it’s easy to see that Trump regime is positioning themselves publically so as to avoid close scrutiny yet they are aligned behind closed doors…Besides being adept at lying Trump is now starting the big ‘white wash’ – only so few will know what he really is doing.
    I do think Trump’ plans, politics and destructive, secret alliances are worse than most realize. Is the Boo all one really can do?

  3. I, too, pledge to keep on fighting! As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I’m sure if he spoke those words now, he would have included women…We must all take a stand against Trump’s misogynistic, racist, etc views and not give up the good fight.

  4. Kevin Murphy says:

    You can count on my full support to fight on.

  5. Marie Mellett says:

    I hope fashion takes a page from our feminist discontent. It’s time for the anti sexualization of women. Midi skirts anyone?

  6. Suzanne Coiro says:

    I pledge to fight harder than ever before. We cannot let the travesties of the new incoming administration infect the country any further!

  7. Show some respect to the people that you want respect from. He is the president of the United States of America. How are you going to change anything with a name calling attitude. That does not attract me to your cause a young woman. Personally I think the words you use towards the President are disrespectful and meant to cause hatred. I would never want to stand with women like you and fight for issues that we all have a common ground in because of this blog post.

  8. We should honor him. Give respect to it.

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