This year on the 20th of January, thousands of women took to the streets to commemorate the one year anniversary of the National Women’s March held protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump. President Trump’s term has led to great turmoil for women in just a year, but the rally in January once again demonstrated the power of collaboration and the passion for justice.
In the Senate, Congress, and even city halls, important decisions such as immigration and abortion policies are too often made by people absent from the demographics they are affecting. The rally this year aimed to change that.
Therefore, the theme this year was “power to the polls” with the goal of promoting greater involvement of women and other marginalized communities in the democratic and legislative process. The organizers sought to include more voices of women in public offices so that there would be greater representation of women nationwide and increased progress with reproductive rights and gender equality.
The rally also sought to encourage more women and people of colour to vote in elections to make way for progress within counties and states.The Alabama Senate Election held in December, for example, proved just how crucial women and POC voices are. A tremendously large and unexpected voter turnout of black women ensured that Doug Jones would be elected over his rival Roy Moore, an accused child molestor and sexual assaulter. The rally worked towards attempting to achieve similar victories at state and federal levels and towards hearing the voices of those who are sidelined.
In addition to the central theme, there were also other protests mingled with women empowerment as people marched for issues such as DACA, black representation and LGBTQA+ acceptance. Activists and celebrities openly denounced the far outdated status quo and the Trump administration by urginging change with their bold signs and compelling slogans as they pushed the country to take key steps toward equality.
In the year following the inauguration, the Women’s Strike and the #MeToo movement have tackled the widespread discrimination against women in the workplace as well as Hollywood. They have truly exposed these growing problems in today’s divided society. Intersectionality in feminism has increased as youth actively seek to involve themselves in social justice issues. Instagram hashtags and trending tweets has educated the masses on ableism, discrimination, and sexual assault. All these movements and more have created ripples sparking actual change and hope despite the despair felt by many in these trying times.
The women’s march on the 20th of January stands as an important symbol of the battle against systemic sexism, racism, and discrimination. It has nudged us as citizens to be passionate activists in the face of the injustices that challenge the United States today.