Women’s March: a feminist’s movement

  • About 140 people showed up to march in the Francestown Women's March, a sister march to the Women's March on Washington, on Saturday.

For the Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:25AM

The Women’s March only started as a post on Facebook, as a little rainstorm. As time went on, this movement grew into a hurricane. More than one million people took part in this march in our nation’s capital and cities around the world on Saturday, President Trump’s first full day in office. This movement had a range of people from many different religions, races, ages and jobs who decided to show their support. Even celebrities made appearances around the world to show their support for the march. Some of the many celebrities included Michael Moore, Gloria Steinem, Scarlett Johansson, Van Jones, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, and Madonna. As the march went on, all over Washington there could be seen a sea of pink hats and signs. Some examples of the many signs at the march included “Nasty Women”, “Our Bodies Ourselves”, “Not my President” and many more. Hundreds of thousands of people joined the march to protest the presidency of Donald J. Trump. However many people also marched for various reasons, including but not limited to Planned Parenthood, climate change, trans and gay rights. The march was supported by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-choice America along with other organizations. Even though the march was called the “Women’s March” men could be seen in every march showing their support. One man in the Washington march wore a sign around his neck that read “I march for equal rights for all women”. However there was also a chance for people to come out and speak against the movement. For example coming down the escalators at Union Station in Washington, there was a man telling every person “Donald Trump loves you.” The man requested to remain anonymous when asked his name, however he did state he was from Las Vegas, Nevada. He stated that he has been to D.C. five or six times previously but “This is by far the best.” When he was asked why he was making this statement to every person that walked by, his response was that he thinks people do not know that President Trump loves or cares about them. When he was asked what he thought about women’s equality, he stated he did not see it as an issue because “It’s just how it is”.However, another man was on completely opposite sides from the man at the escalators. His name is Jeff Backstrand, and he clearly was not a Trump supporter. He stated that he did not like Trump because “He is everything I disagree with both personally and politically.” Backstrnd made a bold statement by wearing a baseball cap with a stuffed animal cat attached.

“I think of this as an opportunity to speak to the new administration about where so many of us stand and where we disagree, what our concerns are.” Bettsy Bambridge from Hartserberry, West Virginia, said when asked about why she was marching in Washington. Bambridge went on to say that she is hoping this will send a positive message to the government about those concerns. She also said that this is not her first time marching. In 1969 she participated in a march and was tear- gassed on Constitution Avenue.

It was not just adults attending the march; a number of young children were there as well. I was able to interview a 10-year-old girl named Lulu from Baltimore Maryland, who was attending the march with her parents. She was very excited to attend the march, with the enthusiasm visible in her smiles and her bright eyes. When asked about what she thinks of our new President, her response was “He is a carrot that wears a bleached squirrel on top of his head.”

The march made a large impact on many women’s and men’s lives around the country. This march also had a large impact around our community and on the people who traveled down to Washington during Inauguration week. The march has allowed people to see many different sides that people may not have realized even existed before, and they managed to keep it all peaceful. Many hot topics will be continued to be brought up around the march and why these men and women marched. Perhaps next time these marches will be able to include other nations’ feminist issues, not just our own. It is not confirmed or denied if there will be more marches in the future.

April Langley is a senior at Conant High School.