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Women Are Leaving Post-It Notes for Each Other All Over the Country

Nov. 14, 2016

From the Google offices to high school bathrooms

Thousands of people are speaking out against Donald Trump’s election by protesting around the world. Others are taking to the written word.

Empowering Post-It notes are appearing around the country as many people come to terms with a Donald Trump presidency. After a dark and stressful election cycle rife with misogynistic comments and hateful speech, Americans are choosing positivity and optimism by filling subway stations, bathrooms, and other public spaces with words of encouragement — especially for women.

The notes are a means of both talking about the election as well as reminding women of their value and worth. Post-It notes appeared in Google’s San Francisco offices on Friday, where sticky notes read, “Be your best self today” and “Use your voice. It matters,” according to Glamour.

Similar signs appeared in New York subway stations. The walls lining the 14th Street line turned into an impromptu mural of Post-It notes, which was started by artist Matthew ‘Levee’ Chavez. According to CBS New York, Levee wanted to provide a small therapeutic moment for commuters on their way to work: “I wanted to do something little, something small, that they could get it off their chests, and keep walking.”

As you can see, this trend has surged around the country, and women and girls everywhere are finding empowerment everywhere.