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13 Issues Our Generation Will Never Stop Fighting For When Trump's President

This was never going to be a normal election.

We all knew history would be made on November 8, 2016; some of us, however, were left high and dry when herstory didn't pan out. Alas, Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States.

Sure, it's easy to lose hope. The one thing I refuse to lose, however, is my focus on the issues that matter — to the world, to my country, to my peers and to me.

This is how election night would have looked if only Millennials voted…

I look at this map, and I see hope; I see a generation that has the ability to effect change.

I see a generation that has the time, ability and passion to right the wrongs and injustices that plague the world; I see a generation unimpressed with meaningless platitudes and hateful diatribes.

I also see a generation that needs to wake the hell up and vote… and a part of me does feel defeated.

An even bigger part of me, however, feels like this is an opportunity — the opportunity — to make a difference. Only 53 percent of Americans voted on Election Day… yet 100 percent of Americans had an opinion about the result.

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This isn't time to get disheartened; this is time to get angry… with a purpose. Strike while the iron is hot. Make sure the issues that matter to you aren't buried in bureaucracy or bigotry. Make sure your voice is heard.

As President Barack Obama commented Wednesday morning, “You have to stay encouraged. Don't get cynical. Don't ever think you can't make a difference.”

You have to stay encouraged. Don't get cynical. Don't ever think you can't make a difference.

You can make a difference; we can make a difference together. We can't give up. There are too many important issues we can't afford to lose focus on. There are too many issues that will never be fought for if you don't lend them a voice.

When Trump's president, we must make ourselves heard. For us. For our children. For our world.

I will never stop fighting.

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I will never stop fighting for feminism and its intersection with race.

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I will never stop fighting for women's equal pay.

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I will never stop fighting for my reproductive rights.

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I will never stop fighting for truth.

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I will never stop fighting for friends of all races and orientations to have the same rights as straight, white males.

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I will never stop fighting for common decency.

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I will never stop fighting to feel safe in my own country.

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I will never stop fighting for a country where all men and women are truly “created equal.”

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I will never stop fighting to help women leave their Trump-supporting boyfriends.

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I will never stop fighting for progressive values in rural America.

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I will never stop fighting for what is right.

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I will never stop fighting for my voice to be heard.

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Kaitlyn Cawley

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Kaitlyn is the Editor-at-Large of Elite Daily. She has a bachelor's and a master's in comparative literature from The American University of Paris and Trinity College Dublin, respectively. Her interests include planes, languages and attention.
Kaitlyn is the Editor-at-Large of Elite Daily. She has a bachelor's and a master's in comparative literature from The American University of Paris and Trinity College Dublin, respectively. Her interests include planes, languages and attention.

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