Nonviolence, hope for the future, the loving struggle against the forces of evil, and ending physical violence against women were key principles undergirding the Women’s March on Washington.
Co-founders of the D.C. Women’s march movement, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, declared on their website, womensmarch.com, “The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
The Women’s March on Washington was a protest march for equality across the board. The idea of the march was so widely popular that over six hundred sister marches across the country and around the globe have been planned, including a sister march in Tucson, where over 15,000 people marched. The number of participants in the Women’s March on Washington actually exceeded the number of people in attendance at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump; some have called it the largest peaceful protest in US history.
Two members of the TGS community, Dr. Gallo and Dr. Adams, participated in the Washington march. When asked about her reason for marching, Dr. Adams explained:
“I think public opinion still matters, and showing up en masse will hopefully provide a clear message that women are a force that cannot be ignored. This march also provides an avenue to join others who support issues unresolved: equality and opportunities for all (not just for women, everyone). I am also a big fan of Mother Earth and think there won’t be too many climate change deniers in the crowd!”
Dr. Adams and Dr. Gallo recently held a Friday exploration to share their experience of the march with interested students: “I was hopeful that it was going to be celebratory, peaceful, and positive,” Dr. Adams said, “and that’s exactly what it was.”
Reflecting on the mix of emotions about this election, she said that “change that we don’t understand can be scary, but on the flip side, it could turn out good.”
The marches around the United States were impressive, and so too were the marches held around the world: millions of people marched in countries as far flung as Zambia, Vietnam, England, Thailand, Canada, Sweden, Spain, South Korea, South Africa, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and even Antarctica.
The huge D.C. march broadcast a strong but peaceful message to the world: half a million people of all genders, backgrounds and sexual orientations, as well as countless others who were not able to attend, support rights for women and equality for all. What the citizens of the world must do now is continue to protest, voice their opinions, and never stop advancing on the long walk to equality and peace for all.
As Elie Wiesel said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
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