It’s easy for someone to argue that using a hashtag won’t get you anywhere in the form of protesting, but when that hashtag is used in a march, it can have pretty substantial outcomes. On January 21, 2017, women and men all across the country, and even the world, joined voices and displayed their disapproval for the 2016 election outcome. Heavy.com estimates that over 200 million in total took part in the Women’s March on Washington, meanwhile they also estimate that Trump’s inauguration held only a maximum of 900,000.
I took part in the Women’s March in downtown KC and was filled with emotion. I was completely surrounded by people who weren’t there to break store windows, burn a limousine, or cause any sort of violence whatsoever. I saw mothers carrying their children while holding signs reading “MY BODY, MY RIGHTS”. I listened to speakers share their darkest stories of violence acted on them because of their religion. I cried as a woman poured out her heart to a group of strangers as she recalled the traumatic night her daughter witnessed her rape.
This march was not held to promote hatred toward others, it was held to unite the many persecuted souls of the nation together. It encouraged the spread of love and education to those who didn’t understand why continuing to fund Planned Parenthood will save thousands of women from being unable to access basic health necessities.
This event shows the world that anything less than basic human rights is unacceptable. And not just American citizens took part. Pri.org reports that over 75 countries participated in the protest for equality. Equality for religious freedoms, sexual and gender freedoms, racial and women’s equality, etc.
The march proved that even though a man has been brought into power who spreads oppression, the world will not stand for it. We will rise above and continue to have our voices being heard across the ocean. Together we can unite and stand as one and refuse to accept discrimination. Together, we can rise and become an unstoppable force.
“When they go low, we go high,” -Michelle Obama.