Continued Activism is the key to change, say female marchers
by Mary Freeze
On January 21st, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women gathered together to protest the inauguration of the newly elected President Donald Trump. On the first anniversary of what is now known as the Women’s March, hundreds of thousands of protesters again
took to the streets wearing pink “Pussy Hats” in major cities and small towns to protest the 45th president. Trump addressed the march in a tweet, stating that it was a “perfect day to get out there and celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success that has taken place over the last twelve months. Lowest female unemployment rate in 18 years!” However, the female unemployment rate has been falling steadily since 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, but whatever.
The march in New York City was one of the largest with over 200,000 protesters. The smallest march was held in a rural town in Nova Scotia, Canada consisting of 32 people, which is actually double the number of protesters that attended last year. This year, the Women’s March protested not only the Trump administration, but also promoted the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. Both movements began as responses to the discoveries of the rampant sexual abuse and assault in the film industry. A major component of the march was also “Power to the Polls,” which aims to elect more women and progressive candidates to public office. Marchers held signs urging attendees to “Grab ‘em by the primaries.” Other signs included sayings like sayings like “Women’s Rights are Human’s Rights.” People also chanted to show their feelings of discontent with the Trump administration and the way the administration views and treats women. Many women showed up dressed as Handmaids from Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaids Tale to express their fear that Trump is going to infringe on their reproductive rights. Additionally, the Women’s March was held only one day after the 45th annual Right for Life, an annual pro-life march held in Washington, D.C. Trump is the first president to address the march, which further fueled the fire for people who fear his stance on abortion.
In New York City, protestors marched down Central Park West. There was a wide array of ages in attendance, ranging from new born babies to women who had to be pushed in wheelchairs. There were some fathers there, holding signs that said things like “I march for my daughters.” Even with some men in attendance, the march was still predominantly female.
While the Women’s March does present a unified front against clear impediments on women’s rights, which have come very far and still have a long way to go.