#washington― Early Saturday, Ekram Seid hopped on a city bus with her sister, Yasmin, and made the trek across town for the #womenmarchon Washington. Neither had been to a #politicalmarch before, but they felt a responsibility to go to this one. “I’m the oldest of three girls,” Ekram told The Huffington Post, standing in a sea of people chanting and waving signs advocating #social #justiceissues and opposing #president #donaldtrump. “So I just came here because I have to lead by example for them that it’s important that we speak on the issues that matter to us. And sometimes we have to take action.” Ekram and Yasmin stood out in the crowd. Both are under 5 feet tall. Both wore #hijabs. And both are #teenagers. Ekram, 18, is even shorter than her younger sister and has braces. Yasmin, 13, stood quietly by her big sister. But once they spoke, they were far beyond their years. Both described what is at stake for Muslim women and other minorities if they don’t engage in #politicsand stand up for their rights.
“Donald #trumpdoesn’t scare me,” Ekram said. “It’s that it’s 2017, and there are people with this very provisional mindset, that kind of scares me and worries me. But I’m not scared for me. I’m scared for my sisters. I feel like I can handle anything.”
Yasmin, who is in eighth grade, said she wanted to be at the march because “I wanted to hear what people had to say and I’m a feminist, so it means a lot to me.”
Asked what it means to be a feminist, Yasmin replied, “Women’s empowerment and the belief that women can do anything men can do. And can do it better.” Ekram, who starts #collegeon Monday and wants to be an #art #therapist, chimed in, “I think everyone should be a #feministbecause women give life. If you’re not a feminist, you’re not supporting your mother. You’re not supporting yourself.”
Ekram and Yasmin navigated the masses with neon green posters that read “Girls Just Want To Have Fun-Damental #HumanRights !” and “Women Can Do It All.” They’ve lived in #dcsince 2007, when their family moved from #ethiopia. Yasmin said she wished she was born in the #unitedstatesso she could run for president. CONTINUE READING ⬇⬇⬇