How to be a Nasty Woman

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the next President of the United States, I have done a lot of thinking about what it means to be a woman in this country. On Nov. 8, I witnessed a man who has repeatedly insulted, degraded and harassed women get voted into office by millions of Americans. I was heartbroken.

However, the next day, I could feel this deep sense of obligation inside of me. On Nov. 9, I woke up a nastier woman than I ever was before. I now consider it my moral duty to become a more loud, rude and offensive woman in the next coming years. I not only owe it to myself, but for all the young women in this country.

Here are 5 ways to be nasty:

1. Stand Up

Speak up for yourself. Speak up for communities who have been silenced. The world needs your voice. One of my favorite quotes from Hamilton is, “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?” There will be people who criticize you for your opinions. Never mind them. As an American woman, it is within your constitutional rights to express what you stand for. Keep standing and don’t sit.

2. Be Educated

Brigham Young had once said “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” The more knowledge you seek, the more power you have to make a difference in this world. Education will allow you to gain confidence, awareness and strength.

3. Stop apologizing

A 2010 study had proven that women are more likely to apologize than men. For example, if someone bumps into me, I’m usually the one apologizing. Why should I apologize? This example may not seem like much, but the meaning behind it stands for a larger problem. Don’t ever apologize for being yourself.

4. Fight for Justice

Find an issue or a problem in this world that you are passionate about fixing. Don’t underestimate the power of your individuality. If you care about children, you can work for organizations like School on Wheels orSave the Children. If you are worried about the Syrian refugee crisis, you can donate to the International Rescue Committee. The world needs you now, more than ever.

5. Dare to be Different

Push the envelope. Break the glass ceiling. Dare to change the status quo. Hillary Clinton was a college woman in the 1970’s. When she got married, she refused to give up her career. Even more, when she became the First Lady, she gave a new meaning to the title by consistently being involved in important issues. This year, she became the first woman to be nominated for President by a major party. Despite what her politics entail, it cannot be denied that Hillary Clinton has dedicated her whole life to being different. As nasty as they say she is, she made history.

So let me end on this note: stay nasty. As Laurel Thatcher Ulrich had once said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

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