Over four million people participated in women’s marches across the world on Saturday Jan. 21. A total of 673 marches happened from Chicago to Santa Fe, N.M. and all the way to Tokyo.
Being a first time marcher, these numbers were outstanding to me. It was the most uplifting and riveting experience I have had in a long time.
Jessica Scheller, one of the co-chairs of the Women’s March on Chicago, spoke at the march.
“A voice of one can be drowned out, but the voices of thousands cannot be ignored,” said Scheller.
And she was right. Our voices were heard. The crowd joined in chats such as “Who has the power? We have the power,” “Donald Trump has got to go, hey hey, ho ho,” and “Her body her choice/my body my choice.”
There were zero reported arrests, confirmed by Chicago Police Department on Saturday. It shocks me that a group of that many men, women and children can get together as peacefully as we did and still have negative backlash such as people on social media who did not understand what the march was for. For instance Tomi Lahren, political commentator, who tweeted “Does anyone know what they’re actually protesting? Just curious…”
We weren’t just fighting for the rights of white women, but for all women of any circumstance. We weren’t just fighting for the rights of women, but equal rights for all. I was there for myself and my personal beliefs and rights. I was there for Black Lives Matter, and my gay friends and for racial injustice.
I will never forget the women’s march and all that went along with it. My favorite part was seeing all the creativity with signs. Some of my favorites included slogans such as “We will find your horcruxes,” “Protect what you love,” “Our rights aren’t up for grabs and neither are we,” and “Silence = complicity.”
This fight does not stop here.
I had the opportunity to join the Women’s March on Chicago, and it was truly an incredible experience. I marched for my sister and her girlfriend, for all of the little girls that were hoping to see the first female president, and for all of the people whose rights and lives are going to be (have been) negatively affected by our new president.
Angela Davis, professor at University of Chicago Santa Cruz, said “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept.” This quote inspired and motivated me to get involved with the Women’s March. I will not to be a bystander, and especially as someone who has the privilege of having a voice, I will use it for those who do not. I left the march filled with hope, which is something I had lost after the election. The Women’s March was advocating for human rights for everyone. Regardless of your political and religious views, this is a cause that we should all be fighting for.
If you want to get involved and use your voice for those who can’t, look up Women’s March “10 Actions / 100 Days.” https://www.womensmarch.com/100/