January 21, 2017, is a date that will go down in history. It’s a date were females, males & non-binary got together & supported each other. It’s a date were children, teenagers, adults & elderly stood side by side. It’s a date were all seven continents joined together into one voice for one cause.
The day after Trump was installed as the President of the United States, people all around the world took to the streets to protest. People protested for women’s rights, for LGBTQ+ people, for Muslim & Jewish people, for immigrants, for Native people, for black & brown people, for disabled people, for survivors of sexual assault & for so many more minorities. In short; people all over the world protested because lately – following Trump’s statements & the scary amount of support he got for them – it seems like basic human rights aren’t as obvious as it should be.
On their website the creators of Women’s March state that “we stand together in solidarity with our partners & children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, & our families – recognising that our vibrant & diverse communities are the strength of our country” & that “women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability”. With the millions of people participating on all seven continents, Women’s March will go down in history as the largest protest following an inauguration ever.
The protest on January 21 was a success, but the movement won’t stop there. Scientists have planned their own march on Washington, April 22 – which happens to be Earth Day. & there are two events being held on International Women’s Day that strives for equality & basic human rights. The people behind Women’s March have launched the campaign “A Day Without a Woman”, a one-day demonstration on March 8. The demonstration is to show the value women of all types of background add to our society while still, to quote the website, receiving lower wages & experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, & job insecurity.
There are three easy ways you can participate in A Day Without a Woman:
- Take the day off, from both paid & unpaid work
- Avoid shopping with exceptions for small, women- & minority-owned businesses
- Wear red in solidarity
If you want to know more about how you can participate in A Day Without a Woman, check out this page.
The International Women’s Strike will also take place on March 8. It’s a grassroots movement created by activists & feminists that work together in solidarity to represent women from all aspects of life. The organisers protest decades of socioeconomic inequality for marginalised groups – working women, black & brown women, Native women, immigrant women, Muslim women, disabled women & lesbian, queer & trans women. For more information about the strike & how you can participate, check out this page. You can also see if there’s an event near you on this page.
Whether you were there & marched, watched it from your couch or showed your support through a tweet – you made history & you helped make women’s history. We marched, we made our voices heard, now let’s persist.
Want to be both socially & politically involved but not sure how? Check out this post for resources on how you can be involved. Against Trump’s travel ban? Here’s a thread with organisations you can support. Reading this right now from somewhere in the UK? Good, now move on to read this thread on how you can get involved.
A lot of celebrities around the world showed their support during Women’s March
“If women, if queer people, if people of colour have survived this long in a world that refuses to represent them. That must amount to a force much greater than one man with nothing more to invest in then his ego. We have been forced to know how to fight since day one and this is our advantage.”
– Rowan Blanchard, Women’s March in Los Angeles
“A platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday, but the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay. We march today for our families and our neighbours, for our future, for the causes we claim and the causes that claim us. We march today for the moral core of this nation against which our new president is waging a war. He would like us to forget the words “give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to breathe free” and instead take up a credo of hate, fear and suspicion of one another. But we are gathered here, across the country and around the world today to say, Mr. Trump: We refuse. We reject the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We demand an end to the systemic murder and incarceration of our black brothers and sisters. We will not give up our right to safe and legal abortion. We will not ask our LGBTQ+ families to go backwards. We will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.”
– America Ferrera, Women’s March on Washington
Yahoo News coverage of Women’s March
Women’s March in Paris
Women’s March in London
Women’s March in Antarctica
Witches and wizards from Hogwarts also joined Women’s March
Animals were there…
…and they made their voices heard