By Kaitlyn B.
This year’s Women’s March happened on Saturday, January 20. Following last years’ march, groups of people, women especially, gathered in towns and cities all around the world.
These marchers focused on policies regarding human rights, including women’s, immigration, LGBTQ+, and reproductive rights. Racial equality and freedom of religion were prominent as well.
Maria R., a junior, said, “I think the goal of this march is to show that women are strong and capable of doing so many things, and they’re given less credit than they deserve.” She hopes a lot of action comes from this march. She then added, “I hope that women get equal wage rights, and I hope less harassment and abuse occurs towards them.”
In Boston, it was estimated that 8,000-10,000 people marched this year in protest. In New York, over 200,000 attended, while there were more than 600,000 in LA and 300,000 in Chicago. Thousands also marched in Washington, Philadelphia, Austin and many other cities worldwide.
There were so many different reasons people everywhere attended this march.
A junior, Michaella C., who attended this year for the first time, said, “I marched because in the past years certain issues have come up that don’t show how equal men and women are.” She said, “I think it’s important to show that we are equal, especially in a place like Boston where so many people go.”
In the 2017 Women’s march, one of the most prevalent issues women protested was Donald Trump’s new presidency.
Trump continued to be a topic of discussion at the march last Saturday. Michaella C., said, “Feelings about Donald Trump were very prominent as well. There were a lot of signs about him. I liked one that said ‘I’m not orange, I’m peach.’ I thought that was funny.”
Since he became president, many believe that the country has suffered. Issues have come up regarding civil rights, especially the treatment of women.
Junior, Alyssa W., said, “As women, we were there to support many different causes such as immigration, racism, discrimination, and to protest Trump. Many of the speeches given were particularly targeted at Trump and about voting in elections for congress, so that we can have better representation.”
Jadé P., a junior, said “I went to the Women’s March after the presidential elections last year in Washington DC. There was such a great feeling of unity that I felt while marching with other strong and powerful women speaking their mind.”
After attending again this year, Jadé said, “The reason I went again this year was to feel that feeling again and keep it alive, and to voice once again my feelings and views about the way things are going on in this country.”
A sophomore, Shannon M., said “I attended the Women’s March this year for equality of men and women, inside and outside the workplace. I marched for everyone who couldn’t. The rally wasn’t just a Women’s March; it was a march for the rights of the disabled, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+.”
Shannon also added, “The energy in the Common was absolutely invigorating; all of those people there, uniting to support one cause that they all believe in. It was such a positive experience; that was certainly not the last time I will be going.”
The Women’s March is the right to stand up for what you believe in. It’s the right to defend ourselves and others who may be unable to defend themselves. The Women’s March may have only happened these past two years, but it will continue for years to come.