Millions of women, marching together, hand in hand. A movement too large to ignore. A day that changed history last year and left people unsure of the future.
On January 20th, the second annual women’s march took place all over the world. Over two million women in America alone marched on Saturday to defend the rights that women either do not currently possess, but deserve. Big issues such as sexual assault, equal pay, and abortion rights were mentioned, along with general idea of encouraging more women to be leadership positions.
Last year, the first women’s march was held the day after President Trump’s inauguration. The march quickly became monumental sign of solidarity for women’s rights. The march was incredibly popular; last year, there were more attendants at the march than at Trump’s inauguration. Furthermore, some crowd scientists say that were up to 3x more people marching than at the inauguration. Since there were so many supporters of the march, people it has become a nationally recognized movement. The march was more than just people talking about what change needed to happen; it was people marching for what they believed in.
There were a lot of questions as to whether or not the march was a one time event, or if it would become a tradition. As was demonstrated this year, the march seems to be a lasting movement.
This year, the march was partially centered around the Times Up movement. The Times Up movement is movement of solidarity against sexual harassment. It has become a prominent part of today’s society, and acted as a great contributor to the women’s march.
At the march in Los Angeles, many celebrities spoke out against sexual assault. The speakers included Viola Davis, Scarlett Johansson, and Natalie Portman, to name a few. Each had their own individual message, but all had a common theme: the era where inequality is tolerated is over.
Over the course American history, there have been a number of pivotal pro-feminism protests and milestones in the women’s rights era. One monumental event is Seneca Falls Convention and the Women’s Suffrage march of 1913. Yet, despite all of these significant movements, change has become stagnant. However, it seems that women and men everywhere have finally realized that now is the time for change.
Whether the people are marching for equal pay, to end sexual harassment, or to just promote gender equality, the march was an event to remember, no matter anyone’s political views.