The Women’s March on Washington

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Photo by Elyse Morris

Written by Hannah Schneeberg

Thousands of women, men, and children gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to rally for women’s rights, safety, and health on January 21. The idea for the Women’s March formed over concerns that women’s voices weren’t being heard by the new presidential administration. The march in Washington took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration.

The turnout exceeded the organizers’ expectations. Not only did people rally in Washington DC, but in Chicago, LA, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Berlin, and in other national and international locations. For many people who were unsatisfied with the outcome of the election, the Women’s March was an opportunity for them to get involved and to try to make a difference.

“My daughter has never been very politically engaged, but after seeing all the political discourse recently, we both thought it was important to be at the march,” said Social Studies teacher Mr. Greening. “I know that for her it was a life changing experience. This election has encouraged us to become more involved in politics.”

Senior Alexis Zimmerchu said, “I think that the people now, more than ever, need to speak out about their opinions on both sides of issues. This country, and the world, are very divided, and we need a movement towards open mindedness and political action.”

The march’s mission statement centered around standing together to defend human rights. While the organizers had a set group of views, many in the crowd had different reasons for marching.

“Personally, I was marching for all of the causes because I see them all to be interconnected, but the ones that are most important and closest to me are LGBT rights, women’s rights, and climate change action,” said Zimmerchu.

According to Politicus USA, with all the cities participating combined, the march is the biggest protest that’s taken place in America.

“The crowd went on for blocks and blocks, and even more people partnered across the country and the world. I think one in ten Americans participated,” said senior Henry Carlson, who spent his Saturday participating in the march.

“It felt like being an active part of history, and being with hundreds of thousands of relatively like-minded and conscientious people is an incredible feeling. I just hope this carries through into greater action by the average American to influence the democratic process,” said Zimmerchu.