From January 21-22, the 2017 Women’s Rights March was held in Washington,
D.C. with at least 500,000 people in attendance. This was a worldwide protest to send a message to the new administration for their first day in office as well as the world on how women’s rights are human rights. The amount of people there and the several different reasons for marching made it a wide-ranged protest. It emphasized points such as the rights to control your own body, equal pay, affordable birth control, and many more significant issues in today’s society.
When I first heard there was a march going on for all of this, I really did not care at all. It didn’t affect me or my family so I didn’t feel the need to worry about it. I honestly did not even know most of what it was about because I didn’t think it was necessary to learn about it. One day I read an article on women losing rights over their own body and what they can do with it. After reading this, it finally hit me that what was going on was not right. I decided to look into what went on at the march and all the reasons they were protesting.
After reading in depth about all the issues that Women’s Rights are working on, I hope they continue to march until society’s issues are fixed. It supports paid family leave, anti-discrimination, protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, access to affordable reproductive health care, ending military-style weapons and tactics by the police in minority communities, a living minimum wage, an immigration reform, and a protection of the environment and public lands.
Many people thought this march was targeted specifically towards President Donald J. Trump. This march was not directly aimed at him as it is much more than just involving what he thinks. Even though it does go beyond what he said, his choice of words used to talk about women did influence it. Women needed this march to happen. There needed to be attention brought to these ongoing problems in the world today. This protest not only called to address gender inequality but also racial and economic inequality. The Women’s Rights March was a worthwhile protest, and I hope that they continue to use their voices to raise awareness towards these problems in society.
Written by Claire Conlin
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