To me, advocacy is more than just believing in something or siding with a particular position. Advocacy is action. It’s supporting a cause or opposing something so much that one feels compelled to take a stand and actually act according to their beliefs. These actions include, but are not limited to, signing a petition, educating someone about your beliefs, or attending a march. When I think of movements that successfully work in creating change, I picture peaceful protests rather than violent ones. Violent actions often attract negative attention and therefore are not a good method of advocating for change. The movements that are successful throughout history take a bold stand, but it isn’t violent actions that make them achieve success.
- The Labor Movement
- The Women’s Rights Movement (1848-1920)
- The Civil Rights Movement (1960s)
- Women’s March on Washington
- The Walk for Life
The movements that interest me are current ones—The Walk for Life and the Women’s March on Washington. I feel that for the majority of my life I never really took a definite stand on abortion because well, it’s an uncomfortable subject. However, I feel that in my own spirituality and faith I’ve grown to see both sides of the fight, but support those who march to support life. As a young woman and college student, I am nearing that age of having to make decisions bigger than myself and support a cause that does just that, all while keeping my femininity in mind. By exploring either one of these movements and its goals, I hope to educate myself more on both sides of the spectrum, both pro-life and pro-choice. As I move forward in understanding these movements, I expect many people to challenge my beliefs, especially in this day and age.