“Although you may feel like your actions are insignificant or that they don’t make a difference, small acts contribute to enormous movements so get down to the next march and do what you can for the cause because everything matters,” says Laura Bianchi ’18.
On January 21, 2017, thousands of women and men assembled to celebrate feminism and womanhood in Downtown Denver. After the massive march in Washington D.C., women’s rights activists organized a wave of marches across the country and world wide. The Denver march had a tremendous turnout. Attendants will remember the march for years to come as a day when women and men celebrated feminism and respecting/protecting their choices.
Bianchi took part in the Denver women’s rights march with several of her friends.
“I decided to attend the march because it is crucial to stand up for what you believe in. I marched for equal pay and opportunity, reproductive rights, and security,” says Bianchi. “The march wasn’t just about the women of the United States, but the women of all nations, whether they are trans, old, young or of a different religion. Women in the US have several more rights than women in other countries but that doesn’t remove the validity of our determination for equality. By marching, we give a voice to all women and bring awareness to issues in the way that women are treated.”
The election of Donald J. Trump provoked protests particularly concerning the future of women’s rights.
American women and men feel, due to the current circumstances, their voice, especially concerning their administration is needed more than ever.
“Separate church and state because the rights of women should not depend on a man’s interpretation of the bible. Men cannot dictate what women can and can’t do with their bodies for the plain and simple fact that they are not women and they don’t understand what women go through. And lastly, victims of sexual abuse are never at fault so the perpetrators need to have stricter punishments as to decrease the rate of sexual abuse,” says Bianchi.
Though many visited the march because they say it as an opportunity to protest and use their voice , that wasn’t the sole purpose behind the worldwide women’s marches.
“This march is not a protest, but rather an opportunity for all participants to support social justice, human rights and equality, and to demonstrate that we will be vigilant in protecting these rights moving forward.” The Denver Women’s March website stated.
The march brought forth and united a strong feminist community. It allowed women in need of empowerment to find a safety net that understood femininity. From this day forward there will be change, because the Women’s march was an experience that will never leave the nation and inspire us for years to come.
As Bianchi says, “The march was an incredible experience. Seeing all those people assembling and marching for the same cause was immensely inspiring. There were many speakers at the march including a deaf woman who performed a poem in ASL, a young POC who delivered an intense poem, a group of people who interpretively danced to a song, and a trans woman who spoke about her experience with civil rights.”by