What is the women's movement protesting against?
One main cause of the protest is Donald Trump’s threat of taking away current healthcare, including Planned Parenthood. The threat of In the USA Today news, Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell stated her concern, "We want to make sure Americans have quality, affordable health care, funding for Planned Parenthood and that women are treated fairly in the workplace." Since the recent election, many Women’s groups feel these rights are under siege. While the main message was women's rights are human rights, another strong message to why they are protesting is to express the affirmation of diversity. Various groups such as LGBT, Muslims, People of disability and People of color feel marginalized by Trump's sayings. Emma Green, author from the Atlantic, states, people from numerous diverse groups have been threatened ever since the beginning of Trump’s running; however, now more than ever, there is a real concern of their rights being taken away. Through the protesting of the recent inauguration, people have joined a new growing community and share the prominence of maintaining women's rights and diversity throughout our country and the world. One of the more mainstream reasons as to why people people are protesting comes from the stem issue of fighting for diversity.
Why are people empowered to protest for these issues?
People feel empowered to protest because their dignity, character, and human are being threatened. In the article Campaigns and protests of the Women's Liberation Movement, published by the British Library, it bring up a past meeting of the UN discussing human rights. In this meeting it addressed, “The human rights of women and of the girl-child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights.” By Donald Trump now being in charge over the rights of women, many feel he is violating their human rights which should never be threatened to our society. Women's rights falls hand in hand with diversity rights. Many women feel not only feel like their basic rights are being threatened, but also the diversity in the United States as well. In the media video, “They're behind the Women's March on Washington” published by CNN, they interviewed the 3 women who are incharge of this protest in which they have ethnicities of latinas, muslims, and african americans that plays a huge contributing factor into why this protest was so successful. These diverse leaders of this movement reached out to minority and ethnic groups throughout the nation, and in return, gave people of color a belonging to protest their rights. Through rights and diversity, this trend took off spreading and having an influential effect on many people and countries around the world.
How many people were involved in this movement?
From across the globe, millions of people no matter their race or gender protested for the women's rights movement. In America, Karl Vick who wrote the article “The Other Side” addresses, researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Denver, say there was a total turnout of an estimated 3.2 million people who attended one of the protests. The unprecedented amounts of followers quickly added up after the issue of women's rights has been a concern throughout America. Not only were there huge turn outs all over America, but in other countries as well. Writer for the Washington post, author Sherry Stein states, “Over 670 countries participated in cities like Barcelona, Mexico City, and Berlin to show their support to the cause.” People were moved and inspired for this issue and supported it in any way they could, by attending it here in the United States, and also from around the world. The use of social media allowed for people to stay connected during these protests that stretched around the globe.
What impacts did social media have on this protest?
The use of social media to broadcast and gain attention to this movement made it very successful and easy to be apart of. In the video, “They're behind the Women's March on Washington”, published by CNN Politics, it stated a whopping over 200,000 people RSVPed to the march on Washington the day after the inauguration which was posted on Facebook. Having started out as a Facebook post, no one ever imagined for this to turn out to a cause this influential, showing socials medias powerful force and influence on society. With technology comes problems. Major cell phone companies prepared for this event in cities all over the country, however this event was under anticipated, cities like Washington experienced data shortages . In the article Women's March overwhelms mobile network in DC, author Marguerite Reardon expresses her story of being at the protest, “I couldn't get internet access to post photos and video to social media like Instagram or Twitter. Phone calls were dropped and text messages didn't get sent.” Throughout the use of browsing, scrolling, texting and calling, shortages occurred in places of protests. People wanted to show that they were in support to this cause and by the overwhelming amount of people supporting their rights, many big cell phone companies fell through from the high demand of social media being broadcasted.
Was Washington expecting/preparing for this big of a turnout for this march?
Cities all over the country prepared for the march, however all greatly underestimated the expected sizes of these protests. In the Washington Post, author Perry Stein describes the site in Washington, “They choked Metro stations as they made their way to the protest. The city issued about 1,800 bus parking permits for the march, and Amtrak added extra trains in and out of Union Station.” Although cities were preparing, as the numbers of the crowds grew larger, they had to improvise and by doing so meant bending some rules and adding more transportation and security. Many cities experienced over crowded streets and transportation jam packed with activists and supporters of women's rights. In the article by author Anemona Hartocollis published in the New York Times, its covers the issues, “In Manhattan, Fifth Avenue became a river of pink hats, while in downtown Los Angeles, even before the gathering crowd stretched itself out to march, it was more than a quarter mile deep on several streets.” One could say many of the throngs were chaos, but people were still exuberant for this cause despite the un-organization.
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