On Jan. 21, thousands of people all over the world began marching for an event called the Women’s March.The march was organized primarily to empower women and to promote equality. Despite its name, more than women came to march in support of many people who felt like they had been attacked and disregarded in the recent election.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us- immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault,” said the Women’s March website.
In D.C. alone, 600,000 people marched to get their points across. The march spread across the globe. In the sister marches in other cities and continents, over 4.8 million people marched.
French teacher Kathleen Klotz marched in D.C. to help make a difference. “First I am going to be a mom so I want a good future for my kids, and for you all. I’m also a firm believer in ‘don’t just complain,’ so participating in this was one way to get my voice heard,” said Klotz.
Although the streets were flooded with participants, the march remained nonviolent and enthusiastic throughout the entire day. “I enjoyed that the march was peaceful. The atmosphere it created was extremely positive,” said sophomore Tammy Ngo. If the purpose was to show the world that women and all other minorities are not giving up, they were successful.
“Huge amounts of people came together all over the county in order to demonstrate their concerns and the turnout proved just how strong we really are,” said sophomore Alyssa Carson.
In light of the recent election, it is important to keep your head up and to continue to fight for what you believe in. Without fighting, there is no opportunity to experience things such as the march.
“I was talking to someone who came from Chicago and she just kept hugging me and telling me I have to fight this because it affects me more than her. She also talked about how she fought for women’s rights when she was young and will continue until the day she dies and then I started crying because it was just a really emotional moment,” said junior Madison Magee.
It is the job of all American citizens to fight for what they believe is right, and to remain a civil democracy. If they give up on each other and on the country, then there is no hope for a better tomorrow. Events such as the Women’s March are necessary to provide a safe and positive way to bring to light any beliefs and concerns the American citizens may have.