Opinion: Why I Marched

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By Ella R.

After the recent international women’s march, many people asked what the protesters (including myself) were even marching for. On January 21st I marched for women. I marched for women who have experienced sexual assault, especially those that never got justice.

I marched for white women making 73 cents for every dollar a man makes. I marched for black women making 63 cents for every dollar a man makes. I marched for Latina women making 54 cents for every dollar a man makes (1). I marched for women who live in poverty, are homeless, or are barely making ends meet. I marched for women who have been denied quality health care, whether it be reproductive health, mental health, or other.

I marched for lesbian, trans, and queer women who have faced bullying, or conversion therapy (2). I marched for Native American women that have been told their culture and treaties mean little to the United States Government and battle tireless oppression. I marched for Muslim women that have been told they are to be feared and alienated for their religion. I marched for immigrant women that have been told they are not wanted in a country that was meant for all. I marched for refugee women who have been outcast and left with nowhere to go. I marched for African-American women that have been told to sit down and shut up because racism is ‘dead’ in a country where the KKK still exists. I marched for disabled women who have been marginalized and excluded from mainstream media. I marched for women that have been told they are worthless without their looks. I marched for women in other countries that do not even have the right to march at all.

I marched for older women that have done all they can to make the world a more accepting place. I marched for younger women because the future is in their hands.

I marched because a man with zero experience can be chosen for one of the most important jobs in the world over a woman with decades of experience. I marched because the 45th President of the United States has said sexual assault is to be expected in the military because ‘that’s what happens when you put men and women together’ (3). I marched because the 45th President of the United States said  “Grab ’em [women] by the p***y. You can do anything” (4). I marched because the 45th President of the United States has made various crude and vulgar statements about women. I marched because the 45th President of the United States has been accused multiple times of sexual assault.

I, and millions of others, marched because while we have come a long way, there is still a long ways to go. I marched because, in America, all people are created equal and it is time we start acting that way.

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-the-gender-pay-gap-isnt-a-myth-and-heres-why_us_5703cb8de4b0a06d5806e03f
  2. http://www.hrc.org/resources/the-lies-and-dangers-of-reparative-therapy
  3. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/331907383771148288
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html

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