Women March across the country

Women March across the country

One day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president, more than five million women worldwide marched in solidarity over rights they fear may be lost under the new administration. But what people who think protesting is stupid don't understand is that most protesters don't expect a single demonstration to fix things. In London alone, about 100,000 marched on the day.

The thousands of women (and men) from every walk of life who showed up to the State House and the almost 3.1 million that marched in cities across the country sent a loud and clear message: We will not be degraded, we are a force to be reckoned with, and we will continue to fight for our rights.

The second thing to note was its size. "Essentially, as soon as they turned around, the march would be over", one city official told the Washington Post. This, as well as the mild police presence, contributed to an atmosphere that Tatiana Ettensberg '18 described as occasionally being more like a music festival than a protest.

Of course, it is possible to critique something without dismissing it entirely, and most agreed that the march could be a positive step in the struggle against Donald Trump.

This demonstration was the largest in U.S. history.

According to Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, president of the Skinner Leadership Institute, a local non-profit leadership training organization, the march was just the beginning of a new progressive movement. And I'm more committed to the cause than ever.

The marches were clearly not all about Trump.

A dad stayed home to watch the kids, who were too young to attend the Women's March in Chicago. Signs such as "Don't forget: White Women Voted for Trump" and "White Women Elected Trump" were seen at protests and are a testament to self-awareness and a plea: for white women to be and do better.

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Sister marches took place in every US state, as well as 60 other countries representing every continent. This WE being all the groups and people that Trump has insulted, marginalized, and threatened over the course of his campaign. It felt like every square inch of available concrete was full of pink-clad marchers, with protestors high-fiving drivers while weaving around cars that wouldn't be able to move for hours. It was awesome to witness a sea of Black, white, brown and yellow faces reminding the world that it places its very survival at stake if it does not take care of its women, the vessels of human life. Men, women and children of all ages and ethnicities participated in the historic display of unity that was captured by national media and cell phone images that were shared around the world via social media.

For example, white women who voted for Trump were also at the D.C. March.

"The amount of casual transmisogyny did not make this a safe space for trans women, with so much of the dialogue centered around vaginas and uteruses", explained Delilah Seligman '16. We begin today's show with highlights from the speeches at the Women's March on Washington.

They marched for Krista, one of my closest friends who was with us that day, whose black life does matter. Trump's statements during the election cycle regarding women, specifically women of color, encouraged them to march for respect and equal treatment from their president. I ran into a former college classmate and then one of my old roommates, seeing both for the first time in years. Several University students who went to the March thought the massive attendance was something to celebrate.

"He's also cognizant to the fact that a lot of these people were there to protest an issue of concern to them and not against anything", Spicer said.

The "Guiding Vision and Defining Principles" moved well beyond narrow "identity" politics to an understanding that all forms of oppression in this society are related. Perhaps it's that they don't want to be "bogged down" by having to consider so many other perspectives, experiences, and identities that don't directly impact their experience. This statement compliments the platform issued by Black Lives Matter past year. We don't support a regime that treats you as second class citizens, as property, as objects to shame, punish, or belittle. The fight is by no means over.

Given the very low level of working-class struggle in the United States at present, this can appear abstract. But we've got to deal with what we've got. Some unions, especially teachers' unions, endorsed the Women's March, but the majority of unions did not.