On January 21, the day after the inauguration, marches were held around the world to protest. Marching with the goal of promoting women’s rights, immigration reform, and health care reform; to counter Islamophobia, rape culture, and LGBTQ abuse; and to address racial inequities, workers’ issues, and environmental issues. You can go to the Women’s March website to look at their action plan and mission statement, along with accesses to many other resources about their partners. An estimated 500,000 people marched in Washington alone, with millions taking part in solidarity marches on all seven continents world wide.
Days after the election my roommates and I decided to go down to Washington DC to take part in history. There are many reasons why I decided to join this march and it is hard to put them into a direct reason: I am a woman. As an American citizen I wanted to express my first amendment rights. I believe in equality, education, and freedom from discrimination. I also wanted to take part in something bigger than myself. One of the best aspects of the march was the rally beforehand. The speakers talked on a variety of topics, but a theme carried across. We are a group of people who demand to be heard because our opinions and voices matter.As Susan B. Anthony once said, “No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.”As the marchers flooded the streets of DC, filling up the National Mall and surrounding the White House, it was very clear that democracy is alive in our country.
Here are some photos I took during this historic day: