By Allison Kamel
The media can debate about how many people showed up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as much as they want. What they can’t debate is the droves of people that participated in the Women’s March on Jan. 21 all around the country — including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago. According to the Women’s March website, there were 673 marches around the world.
People from all walks of life marched, covering a wide spectrum of ages, genders and races. It was a sign of unity that has not been seen in the United States in quite some time. Every city had women who gave speeches about their own experiences and what the Women’s March meant to them. These speakers included actress Scarlett Johansson, Senator Elizabeth Warren, pop star Madonna and activist Gloria Steinem. Many other celebrities were present at the marches and posted images and thoughts to their social media pages.
The Women’s March did not just represent a need for women’s rights. The protesters were fighting for equal rights for everyone, including people of color, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ+ community. A lot of families attended the march to show the children that they have a voice, too.
“Women are just a strong as men and I think this march really demonstrates that,” said SJC freshman Kate Shields. “You can try to discredit the women who marched, but their voices for equality will always be louder than your cries for hate.”
People worked hard to create unique and interesting signs that represented why they were attending the Women’s March. Many news outlets have created large photo galleries of the signs which speak out against Donald Trump’s policies, rape culture and many other issues plaguing America today.
This rally was just the start of protests that have occurred since Trump’s Inauguration. Jan. 28 marked a March for Life in Washington D.C., which received significantly less media coverage than the Women’s March. On Jan. 28, people protested against President Trump’s travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport. These movements are evidence that American citizens are beginning to have more interest in the political condition of the country. There is a surge of energy throughout the United States that is hard to ignore.
Womensmarch.com, which was used to organize the various marches that occurred on Jan. 21, has started a movement called “10 Actions/100 Days.” Their plan is to perform a new collective action every 10 days as a way to sustain the energy from the march into a longer lasting effort.
Featured image photo credit: Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post