The Biggest Ways Millennial Women's Lives Have Changed Since The 2016 Election

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A lot has changed in the months since Donald Trump was sworn into office, both on a political level and a personal one. Bustle’s State of Our Unions series looks at how millennial women's relationships with their friends, family members, and romantic partners have been affected since the 2016 election. Today's topic: the biggest way millennial women's lives have changed.

On Nov. 8, 2016, I voted in my first presidential election. The anticipation was overwhelming as I prepared to vote for the candidate I believed deserved to be president: Hillary Clinton. I eagerly thought of the impact this election would have on myself and others. On election night, I headed to the Javits Center in New York City, the site of Clinton's rally, excited for the future.

I would say it was about 11 p.m. when I knew what was going to happen. I wouldn't admit it until I saw the results of the election, but I knew my dreams of voting in the first woman president were soon to be crushed. As Jan. 20 approached, I contemplated how to act in this new, alternate reality.

"For people that are struggling right now, I would encourage them to become and stay active in their local politics," Nicole Richardson, licensed professional counselor supervisor, licensed marriage and family therapist, tells Bustle. "Most people only vote in the presidential election once every four years. There are county and state initiatives that are very important as well as being sure to vote for your U.S. Congressional and Senate seats. If you aren’t happy with what we currently have, how can you be part of the solution?"

There are countless ways people's lives are being dramatically impacted as a result of the policies spouting from this new administration. Read on to hear from millennial women on the biggest changes they've experienced since the 2016 election.

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No matter how much you have been impacted by the results of Nov. 8, 2016, it's important that we come together, keep taking action, and fight for our rights. It's the best we can do.