Donald Trump didn’t exactly get welcomed with open arms when he took office last weekend. Instead, he was met with protests nationwide, most of them violent, while one group decided to take a different approach. The Women’s March on Washington took place the day after Trump’s inauguration, Saturday, January 21. While called the “Women’s March”, men showed up to support their wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters too. This particular protest was one that was aimed at peace and positivity, by rallying people together to encourage change. Even though it was dubbed, “Women’s March on Washington”, the event got so much attention, that it spread across the country.
According to their website, “Women’s March Global invited individuals and organizations committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and those who understand women’s rights as human rights to join our local coalitions of marchers in representing the rights and voices of progressive people around the world.”
The reason for the march is a result from statements and promises Trump made throughout his campaign that to millions of people, threatened women’s rights, immigration reform, health care reform, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.
There were reportedly an estimated 400,000 people that showed up to march in New York City, 250,000 in Chicago, over 100,000 in Los Angeles, more than 90,000 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and 60,000 in Atlanta, just to name a few of the cities that participated.
The march drew several celebrities as well, with actresses Kerry Washington, America Ferrera and Ashley Judd giving speeches that inspired everyone to keep fighting and that they would be right there alongside them.
And the fight is not over yet, it is only just beginning. If you go to www.womensmarch.com, you will see that the organization has a campaign plan of 10 actions over the course of 100 days. So far, there is just the first action listed that pleads with Americans to write a postcard to their Senators about what matters to them most and how they plan on continuing the fight for it in the future. The website provided printable postcards available to download, or you can get your own.Do you believe that women still deal with gender inequality issues?