The day after a public figure with a well-documented history of misogyny, racism, xenophobia and many other prejudices was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, millions marched.
They marched for a long list of causes, ranging from women’s rights, to support for Planned Parenthood and equal pay. But the choice to do so in Washington D.C. and dozens of other cities across the country and world the day after President Donald Trump’s election sent a clear message.
Reports of how many people came out to support the Women’s March vary, but it’s safe to say that the total numbers went well into the millions. CNN reports that Washington D.C. had nearly 600,000 people on its own. Not to mention how cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles were projected to have at least 100,000 attendees each.
Several speakers, celebrities and politicians were present for the historic moment.
“We can whimper. We can whine. Or we can fight back!” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said to the crowd in Washington D.C. “We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: We are here! We will not be silent! We will not play dead! We will fight for what we believe in!”
Outside of the United States, other marches were also held in cities such as London, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Berlin and, apparently, even Antarctica.
While protestors from many walks of life came out to support the movement, it wasn’t without its own criticisms. For example, many feel that it often perpetuated a perceived lack of intersectionality by placing a larger weight on the voices of cisgendered, white women while disregarding others.
Friendly reminder of who actually needs to get to work.
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Buzzfeed reports that Women’s March organizers were aware of this concern and took steps to prevent white voices from drowning out the rest. One of which was bringing in organizers of color, such as Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez, who co-chaired the march.
“There was a lot of white ladies, at the beginning, I’m not gonna lie to you,” Sarsour said. “But when the white ladies were confronted with the idea of centering women of color, they listened… The days of silo organizing are over.”
Protestors for other causes, such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA support, immigration, and many more were also seen among the crowds, serving as a reminder that these separate issues are all connected and you can’t fight for one while ignoring others.
Moving into the future, organizers hope that the momentum built up during the Women’s March can be carried over into helping organizations that support women’s rights on a day-to-day basis to continue the fight and increase movement within those often glanced over intersections within feminism and protest.
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