Allison Hamilton, Guest Contributor • email@example.com
Students and professors from Emory & Henry College marched for change in Johnson City, Tennessee on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The Emory & Henry Women and Gender Studies Collective, along with Peer Educators, A Read of Our Own Women’s Book Club and the Genders and Sexualities Alliance marched alongside thousands of other people to support women’s rights.
After Donald Trump was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, millions of women around the world marched to support women’s rights.
One year later, over a million people in the United States rallied again with numbers as high as 600,000 in Los Angeles and 300,000 in Chicago, according to The Hill and Politico, respectively.
Emory & Henry senior and member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Collaborative Emma Grace Thompson attended the Johnson City march.
Thompson said, “I really wanted to be a part of the march last year and wasn’t able to, so this felt like a really good way to show what I believe in publicly in a really positive way.”
Junior Gabby Gregory explained the significance of the Women’s March as it relates to E&H.
She said, “It’s important that people from the college really stand up for themselves and stand up for what they believe in. And this is a really good outlet for students and faculty and staff to get out there and support the things and the causes that they care about.”
E&H took four van loads of people to the Washington D.C. Women’s March in 2017.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Shelly Koch said that the Johnson City March was a continuation of last year’s march and she hopes that it will become and annual tradition.
Koch said, “This is an exciting time where we’re starting to see things shaken up a little bit. And that’s a perfect opportunity for students to start recognizing their power.”
Volunteer Nathan Farmor explained to WJHL that people from both sides were at the event, “because frankly, women’s rights are something that we believe shouldn’t be political, it’s a given.”