On January 21, 2017 one of the largest social movements took place in the United States. Millions of women and men across the nation and even around the world gathered to protest President Trump and the new government. Throughout Donald Trumps campaign and even his business ventures he has been known for making multiple lewd comments toward women, as well as many negative comments toward different minority and religious groups. These comments reached so far that cities such as Nairobi, Oslo, and Bangkok felt the need to participate in this worldwide protest.
This movement began in Washington, D.C. because many felt as if this past election has insulted, dehumanized, and threatened many people. On January 24th President Trump signed an executive order barring federal funds from organizations that promote abortion around the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Here is where the fire fully was ignited. This march stands for much more than women feeling that they are having their rights taken away though it goes into immigration issues, different religious faiths, the LGBTQ community, minority communities, people with disabilities, and sexual assault survivors.
Our nation has come so far and many people forget that. It was not until 1920 that women were given the right to vote. Women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony worked hard to advocate for women and were successful in bringing women together in order to get the 19th amendment passed. In the 1960’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with many others marched for civil rights for all people, and this resulted in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These are some demonstrations of how powerful our nations citizens can be when we truly come together and stand together for change.
If ever there was a time when we needed all hands on deck, it’s now. We need to come together from all walks of life in efforts to make sure that all voices are heard. Regardless of age, race, sexuality, or location. This march and the protests that have came about from this issue has made it possible for peoples voices to be heard. It has raised the radar of so many political figures, President Trumps included. There is no way that this can be ignored.
But here are some big questions:
- Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and stand with these women who are fighting for what is right?
- Do you believe the decisions President Trump is making are the right ones?
- Are you afraid or excited of where this country is going?
- Can you simply show compassion for someone who is different or struggles differently from you?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but when reflecting on what this movement stands for these are some thoughts to think about.
As the saying goes compassion without action is just observation.
Will you just sit and watch?