The “Women’s March” or the “Women’s March on Washington” was a worldwide protest on Jan. 21, in support of women’s rights and other causes including: immigration reform, healthcare reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBT+ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, for workers’ rights, and many other issues.
The March was primarily aimed at President Donald Trump, as it took place the day after his inauguration as President of the United States, and some of his positions have been considered by some as sexist. The Women’s March on Washington is now considered to be the largest one-day protest in U.S. history, to date.
The Women’s March was estimated to have brought out around 3.2 million Americans around the country, and hundreds more abroad. The march received thousands of dollars in free press coverage, with 73 percent of American newspapers publishing it as their lead story.
Many Emory & Henry students attended the Women’s March on Washington, either in their own carpool groups or through the school-organized trip. Josh Von Castle participated in organizing the school’s trip to Washington, D.C.
Hailey Ellis, an E&H sophomore, was one student who attended the March. “I thought it was rather positive, with the exception of one specific point in time around two or three in the afternoon, when Trayvon Martin’s mom got on stage, and people started getting really hateful. They were saying ‘shut up’ and ‘get off the stage’ or ‘it’s time to march.’ Things eventually started to calm down and we did get to see some really interesting speakers, like Gloria Steinem,” said Ellis.
The Women’s March received massive support online, with support coming from big-name politicians like Bernie Sanders, Martin O’ Malley, and Hillary Clinton– who published the phrase “hope not fear” on Twitter.
Despite the outpour of support for the March, it also had its critics. Carly Fiorina, former candidate for the Republican Presidential Nomination, said “Pro-life woman were not welcome at this march…apparently they don’t believe in the right of a woman to choose what she is going to believe.”
This March emphasized the controversy the nation is facing as Donald Trump is sworn into the highest and most respected elected office in America. President Donald Trump responded to the massive crowds gathering abroad on Twitter, saying “watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had election! Why didn’t these people vote?”
The March on Washington was a historical, peaceful, and united demonstration meant to bring awareness to issues facing this country.
– Orlando Martinez