National Women's March on Washington Jonathon Redmann


Controversy: disagreement, typically when prolonged, public, and heated.

Intersectionality: overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

Advocacy: Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy

Insurrection: A violent uprising against an authority or government.

Incongruous: Not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.

Diverse: Showing a great deal of variety; very different.

What were people marching for?

On the 21st of January, 2017, millions of people around the world participated in the women’s march for equal rights. For instance, according to journalist Emily Crockett, she stated that they wanted to “protest the threat to those rights that they see in President Donald Trump’s new administration”. Millions of people around the world are doing this to show that Trumps words against women need to be heard and that he isn’t suitable to take place as the President of the United States. Ultimately, everyone was invited “regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights” as said from the official women’s march website.

Which organizations supported the march?

More than 400 organizations have partnered with the women’s march, including Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council as shown on the official women’s march website. Planned parenthood is being involved with the women's march because of Trump’s choice to sign an executive order to defund them. And as Kelley Robinson, an editor for planned parenthood has said, “We won’t stand idly by as you try to roll back our fundamental rights – and that includes fighting like hell to stop every attempt to defund Planned Parenthood health centers”. Moving onto the Natural Resources Defense Council, they are taking part of the women’s march to bring awareness to have our rights to clean air, safe water, and healthy communities. According to their website, they say that “Women, low-income communities and people of color frequently bear the heaviest burdens from climate change and industrial pollution”, the NRDC wants to let everyone including the government know that a healthy environment is a basic right or all of us.

How will the Women’s March affect the movement?

The women’s march will affect the women’s rights movement in many ways, one of these ways includes taking an intersectional approach to things which brings more awareness to the subject. According to Ruth Reader “ intersectionality offers an opportunity to organize a large base that will show up for a variety of different events”. So making the movement more open to all types of people who are affected by it will bring more attention to the issue, thus creating more opportunity to spread awareness and gain more follows. By doing this, more can easily be done to counteract negativity and strengthen the movement as a whole. To add onto this, movements across the country rallied people together to help support this issue. In the same article, the author quoted large groups of people as they chanted “We will not go away, welcome to your first day”. This shows that progress will be seen in the future because of these people’s determination. All in all, the women’s march will affect the women’s rights movement in many different ways including taking a new approach to the subject and bringing large groups of people together in order to see more progress.

What Caused the Women’s March on Washington?

There are many causes to the start of the march on Washington, many people claim that it was caused by misogyny. An article from Patricia Sabga says that “Misogynomics would have you believe that if women would just return to homemaking full-time, everyone would be happier,” in which many people following the women’s rights movement would find offensive to women in general. The majority of mysogynists claim that the gender wage gap is a myth due to women simply choosing lower paying occupations. Sabga states that “researchers have shown that when large numbers of women move into male-dominated occupations, wages drop”, due to this, it is bad news for men because when those jobs are devalued as “women's work”, it decreases the earning power for anyone who holds them. Since this issue is a problem, many people marching want equal pay rights for men and women to create an equal economic status.

Where Will the Women's Rights Movement be in the Future?

Ever since the women’s march took place, it has had a great impact on people's views on the movement, both positive and negative. In an article by Layton E. Williams, he states that “The march calls for unity, and indeed, such a public event has the power to shape and energize the future of feminism”, this means that in the near future, many changes could be possible due to the march that took place, people want to have unity and equal rights for everyone since the march was all inclusive. He has also stated that “outlining supportive stances on LGBTQIA, gender, racial equality, and reproductive justice”, this states that the march was not just inclusive for women, but had also supported rights for the LGBT movement, the Black rights movement, and the pro choice movement. In the future for these movements, they are hoping for some positive changes and also encouraging more people to have open minds about these issues.

Works Cited


Created with images by eylerwerve - "Women's March, January 21 2017, Chicago" • eylerwerve - "Women's March, January 21 2017, Chicago" • ctrouper - "I Stand With Planned Parenthood" • jar [o] - "Oakland Women's March (19 of 37)" • jar [o] - "Oakland Women's March (4 of 37)" • mollyktadams - "Women's March on Washington - 1/21/17" • mollyktadams - "Women's March on Washington - 1/21/17"

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