President-Elect Donald Trump may not be the President all of us want, but we need to take a step back from our shock and disbelief and start thinking about how we can be the change we want to see in the world. While many people are thinking ahead to a Michelle Obama 2020 run (yeah, right!), we need to think about the things we can do right now and over the next four years to make sure that a Trump presidency doesn’t continue to hold back women in America. While his election promises are scary at best, we’ve come up with a list of things that you can do today and for the next four years in order to make sure that we stop any potential damage Trump may cause to the future of women.

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1. Volunteer. Spend time working with organizations that need your help. The Boys and Girls Club of America always needs volunteers in the community. Take your knowledge of equal rights to the next generation. We need to work together to make sure that the kids growing up today know there is a better option.


2. Donate. Donate money to organizations that protect women’s rights. Planned Parenthood offers reproductive and other health care options for everyone, regardless of political bent. Donating money to women-focused organizations will help provide health care services to all.

3. Get involved. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you need to get involved in our political landscape. It could be spending some time becoming active in your county’s political process, or it could be donating money to the party of your choice. No matter what you do, it is time that we get involved with our hopes and ideals at the forefront. And that includes always voting!

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4. Don’t lose hope. It’s easy to be worried about what the future holds for our great nation, but we need to stay focused on the positives! “When they go low, we go high!” — famous words from Michelle Obama’s Earth-shatteringly good stump speech. Let’s let those words take us higher and unite to ensure that our rights, freedoms and pride in being American won’t be taken away.

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