Who made all the “pussy hats” and what was the purpose?
It was pretty cold on the day of the protest and many women with different backgrounds created pink hats for more than 500,000 attendees at the Washington, DC protest for women’s rights. Pink hats were made to keep warm and create an impact on society. In fact, according to the Pussy Hat Project Organization, “Our mission is to provide people that were going to march in Washington DC a visual statement to become better heard in a creative and impactful way. It was also for people that are not able to physically be there in DC to represent themselves and women’s rights.” These hats were made to represent unity for women and their rights. This didn’t only connect the marchers, but also connected the people who made them. According to Leanna Garfield, a writer for Business Insider, she stated, “Besides the cat-ear shape, the hat's name was inspired by Trump's 2005 comments in the Access Hollywood audio leaked in October 2016, in which he bragged about grabbing women by their genitals.” These pink hats were made by women all over the world and act as a symbol of unity and courage to stand up against the horrible remarks made by President Donald Trump. The marches which took place in the US did not limit women from around the world to participate, and despite the marches taking place in the US, it did not limit women worldwide to stand up.
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Was it only women in America who were marching?
No; actually, it took place around the world, but this is a movement that will forever be remembered. According to Z. Bryon Wolf, a writer for the CNN political news, used a chart to show, women marches were primarily held in the United States, however, there were also some rallies in Europe and scattered around the world. Even though most of the marches were against the inauguration of President Trump, other countries also took part in making history. Even though they were all over the world, the women marches were concentrated in the United States. According to Meghan Keneally, a writer for ABC News, stated, “There was over 500,000 people that attended the Washington rally alone. It was one of the biggest demonstrations in history and there was not a single arrest.” Women’s marches around the world had a major impact on the world and their voices were finally being heard for the inequality that women face, including but not limited to wage gap.
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What is the actual gender wage gap?
Whereas the average gender wage gap in The United States is 79 percent of men’s wage, it is different for every state. According to Kevin Miller, a writer for AAUW, “In 2015 the pay gap was smallest in New York, where women working full time year-round were paid 89 percent of what men were paid. The largest gap was in Wyoming, where women were paid 64 percent of what men were paid.” Even though the wage gap is different in each state, some people believe that there is nearly no wage difference, because people have different jobs so they have different wages. According to Robert J. Samuelson, a writer for The Washington Post, “They work disproportionately as health-care aides, receptionists, cashiers and food servers.” Some people clearly believe that there is nearly no wage gap because each person works doing something completely different, but those people might fail to recognize the injustice in “women’s work.” There is an overwhelming difference in wage gap and it is a problem that many people, mostly men, fail to recognize it.
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Are men aware of sexism?
Most men aren’t aware of sexism, although research says that many are still make hurtful comments all the time. According to Laura Stampler, writer for The Huffington Post, stated, “On average, subjects recorded two derogatory terms, two sexist comments, 1.5 expressions of negative beliefs about women and 1.5 expressions of seemingly positive but in fact sexist thoughts about women each week.” If men are making nasty comments all of the time, it is clear that they are not considerate of who is around them. According to Ruth Burr, a blogger that talks about important issues, stated, “It’s part of what makes it so hard to discuss sexism at conferences, because behaviors that might be fine between one set of people could be inappropriate among others.” It sounds like a no-brainer to treat everyone with respect and end sexism, but there isn’t an ending because men aren’t aware of the misogyny, which is why the goal of the women's march is so important.
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What is the goal for the Women’s March to accomplish?
The main goal of the women’s march was to focus the energy and create a movement. According to John Halstead, contributor for The Huffington Post, stated, “Marching raises the energy of those who participate in the march, focuses our energy, fosters solidarity, sends a message to those in power, sends a message to the people at home, provides a container for direct action, heightens the tension in order to foster change, change the narrative, exercise of our rights to assembly and free speech, challenge to people who are doing nothing, and is a provocation.” This allows marchers to generate a movement and achieve equality through goals and stepping stones. According to Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, stated in an interview, “It’s not a march about Trump the man, It’s a march about women’s rights that are very much imperiled by the policies President-elect Trump appears headed for.” The ultimate goal sounds easy, but the inequality has been going on for a long time and this comeback is only the beginning.