Most of my friends will get angry when faced with bigotry, but not many of them have gotten to use that energy to fight back positively. This is a huge part of the reason why I wanted to become an intern at Third Wave: I saw it as an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Here in this tiny corner of the world, I am also in the thick of the gender justice movement – joining conversations, keeping people informed, and learning a little more about the activist community.
While I was putting together the Third Wave site’s Past Grant Initiatives page, it was like reading a history book and realizing that and some point I would become a part of it, in my own small way. Seeing the incredible things that these organizations have accomplished over the years made me realize that such work wouldn’t have been possible without the deeds of young people like me. I doubt there are many leaders who would willingly give control of their organization’s social media to a 19 year old (thanks, Rye!). And that’s what’s so exciting about Third Wave: it’s an organization that recognizes the power of young minds.
Every day I am inspired by the work of these organizations. And looking into the future, I would invite others to do the same: find organizations that inspire you, the ones that value what you value, the ones that keep you smiling when the haters try to bring you down. Connect with those organizations and show them that you care. Simple acts like filling out a Why it Matters form or donating $5 a month are more significant than you may realize.
Why didn’t I go out and get a “real job” this summer? Because instead I got the chance to do something that I’m actually passionate about. This was how I chose to show my support, what will you do?