A widespread event over the past couple of years with an expression of reform, unity and standing up against society in a way to protect the civil rights and sanctity of the people has been the Women’s March.
Amid controversy in the 2019 Women’s March, followers of the original group accused them of being biased or more favoring of white women; the group is believed to be ignoring real issues that others with diverse backgrounds struggle with on a daily basis. This affected the organization and the movement in a negative way causing the state of the United States and the overall sanity of the groups beliefs to be divided.
Across the United States and notably in Washington D.C and New York City, many supporters disbanded from the original group to from an alternate organization centered around a more diversified background of people. In this march, they would recognize issues that were possibly overshadowed by white women and which showed a different side to their purpose for why they march. In New York City, participants who felt marginalized created a separate march to almost rival up against the other, ironically creating division, since the organization was originally created to be united not divided.
Although the Women’s March is centered around the reform ideology, the spark of this revolution centered behind the negative reaction to the inauguration of Donald Trump. There were still many posters favoring women’s rights and standing up for issues dealing with sexism in America today, but a noticeable increase in anti-Trump posters were prevalent. Women and men gathered to protest against Trump’s policies and the character traits they believe he represents, including the silence with Puerto Rico, demoralizing women, lack of gun control, etc.
In one of the hot spots for the march, New York City, young high school girls gathered in a group with flags and pins in hand, standing up for more of women’s rights. Their flags said, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” and “Our bodies, Our minds, Our power.” Additionally, on the corner of the block as the march shifted directions, a very sophisticated older couple stood to take in the emotion. The woman said to her husband, “Wow, this is historic.” Because of the recollection of her age, it is interesting to see how different ages see this march considering their background and past, especially seeing how that woman could have been in a march herself within her lifetime.
The march is not just a small occurrence; it is shown to affect different groups of people in all different kinds of ways. Knowing that these citizens are standing up for something they believe in, no matter one’s beliefs on it, is a very respectable aspect.