“This is Not a Moment, It’s the Movement”

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Imagine being squished by thousands of people with a slight dribble coming down from the sky, while listening to a series of speakers. Now, imagine being excited by this because you are apart of that slice of history. Over 2 million people gathered together in various parts of the globe on January 21st, 2016, a day after the inauguration of arguably our most controversial United States president, to march for many different reasons. However, all those issues all interconnected that day in a show of solidarity for their fellow (wo)man.

According to the Woman’s March website, they are founded on the guiding principle that “Woman’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expression, economic status, age, or disability.”

My own experience was an overwhelming wave of togetherness, understanding, and of course a hint of sticking it to the man. It would be improper to pretend that significant amounts of people didn’t flock to the marches because they didn’t agree with the stances taken or statements made by the current administration during both the campaign and things said well before. But while that was a valid concern of a number of marchers, it doesn’t stand for everyone who decided to participate all over the world.

Washington DC was the site of the central Woman’s March where there was over 500,000 people who gathered to celebrate sisterhood and learn more about other minorities in the country including LGBTQ, African-Americans, immigrants, Muslims, esc.

One of the people, besides myself, who showed up in DC was Sam Block, a former intern of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and supporter of the Woman’s March Movement. When we spoke about the march one of the things that stuck out to me was when she said, “I don’t know that there was one specific issue that the march ‘claimed’ but I felt like it was mostly just to show that women are here, women refuse to be silenced, and women want to come together to prove that.”

As easy as it would be to dismiss this significant demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest as a hissy fit, you can’t deny the magnitude of its global impact. Places outside the United States, allies and others alike, stood in solidary by holding sister marches across the other countries and continents. Ireland, France, Canada, Kenya and even as far as Antarctica took time out of their day to gather, make signs and march.

“I’m ecstatic that it’s global. I think that makes Trump even more angry, but more importantly it means that women all over the globe are reacting to figures like Trump and his cabinet by standing up for themselves. And I think that’s something new for our times,” said Block. She finished her answer with a meaningful message, “Powerful men can’t just keep women locked in cages anymore, we know what we’re worth and we’re willing to stand up for it.”

Remember that these aren’t strangers who felt the need to march because of their worries and concerns for the government and country but our neighbors, family, friends, classmates and other loved ones. In the words of an American Musical, our land is ‘a great unfinished symphony,’ let this Woman’s March be the bars that move us towards a sweeter sound.

If you want to get involved, visit womensmarch.com and take part in their 10 Actions 100 days campaign.

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