Women's March

Great things happen when women get together

Collectively, millions of people throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand marched in support of and in solidarity with women’s rights. The audience ranged from politically experienced like Congressman John Lewis, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State John Kerry to first time activists and children.  They marched to unite in the face of divisiveness, to include in the face of exclusion and to reject derogatory ideas in the national narrative. Celebrities like America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson, and Madonna showed up to deliver their messages of hope. In her speech, America Ferrera had this to say,“So we too must stand united. If we, the millions of Americans who believe in decency, in the greater good, that justice is for all, if we fall into the trap of the separating ourselves by our causes and labels it will weaken our fight and we will lose.”

To Ferrera’s point, this weekend’s activities sent a strong message about true intersectional feminism. Women from every political party, sex, race, creed, religion and ability showed up en masse to fight for the rights of women. But that’s not just confined to standard “women’s issues”. Feminism is fighting for LGBT women, for immigrant women, for Muslim women, for disabled women and for any women who are being threatened and demonized in the national narrative. Equality is not a political issue, it’s a human issue. No longer will people stand for feminism that forgets entire groups of people.  The Women’s March ignited a demand for equality for all. Members of Black Lives Matter, LGBT Organizations, NAACP, and other equality groups showed up to demand their voices be heard. The impact of the Women's March and its message of equality has persisted days after the march’s end. Just yesterday, activists for Native rights have taken to the streets to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in some their highest numbers. The Women’s March brought the fight for equality to the forefront of all national conversations and has bolstered other groups to continue in vocal vigilance as they demand equality. The Women’s Rights movement and its allies made a big move this weekend, unifying in droves to condemn injustice and demand equality for everyone.

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