The women’s March took place on January 21, 2017. The Idea for the March was started by a grandmother in Hawaii and the March was organized by Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Bob Bland. The March was organized largely through social media.
The name “Women’s March on Washington” was inspired by the March on Washington by MLK and other Civil Rights leaders during the Civil Rights movement. The March in Washington, D.C was the largest, but women’s marches occurred in all 50 states and in over 30 countries around the world.
It is estimated that about 5 million people participated in the March globally. Some women were marching to protest the presidency of Donald Trump, others marched to protest misogyny and others marched for women’s rights in general. The presidency of Donald Trump, who was heard on TV encouraging sexual assault of women, and the threat to cut funding to Planned Parenthood created an atmosphere, where many women felt and feel their rights are at risk of being violated. The number of participants in the March is said to outnumber those who attended Trump’s inauguration.
Seeing such large numbers of people come together to support a common cause was inspiring. Imagine if we could get crowds like this to protest racism and poverty too. The interesting thing is over half of white women, who voted, voted for Trump, while 6% of Black women voted for Trump. Yet, there were many white women at the event. This suggest to me that there is still a way to go if half of white women who voted, put their need to support white supremacy above their rights as a woman.
However, my hope is that this March will be an eye opener to some white women about the importance of intersectionality. If you are going to have unity amongst women of different races, you first have to address the white supremacy that is present.
If more low-income, women of color had been able to participate and have their voices heard, I think it would have been all the more powerful.
Notable speakers at the March included Ladonna Harris, President of Americans for Indian Opportunity, America Ferrera, actress, Gloria Steinham, feminist activist, Angela Davis, professor Emeritus and Janet Mock, activist.
Celebrities, such as Michael Moore and Ashley Judd also participated.