The Women's March
"I think I literally started the speech with: 'I am here'. And that was not written. It was just because I had to really think about the fact that all of my life experiences, all of the things that I went through, all of the things I've learnt have brought me to this space and has brought us all here to this space.
“I think there was mass disappointment that Americans were going through from, you know, election night in November to seeing, just the day before, Donald Trump be inaugurated. And to see the Obamas, specifically for me as a black American, to see them leave ... I was deeply saddened. And so I felt great joy seeing this mass of people. I wish that the masses of people were a lot more diverse though. It was a lot of white folk.
"People who often were first-time activists, were finally activated, were finally in their safe spaces and coming to a space where they saw masses of people feeling moved. And so my job, as someone who had five minutes on stage, was to address this audience and give them language and to ensure that the umbrella term of ‘women’ was unpacked. That we're also talking about anyone that's oppressed by gender. We're talking about undocumented folk. We're talking about disabled women. We're talking about trans and gender nonconforming women. We're talking about queer women. We're talking about sex workers rights. We're talking about all of these things."