We Will Not Stop Until We Are Marching on Broken Glass
By Molly Gleydura and Brett Parsons
“I’m not nasty, like the combo of Trump and Pence being served up to me in my voting booth. I’m nasty like the battles my grandmothers fought to get me into that voting booth.” – Ashley Judd
“The Washington Post headline read ‘Trump Takes Power,” but they were wrong because here is the power… We are the power.” -Michael Moore
What was the women’s march?
Here is the mission statement taken directly from the official Women’s March on Washington website (https://www.womensmarch.com/):
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. 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.
HEAR OUR VOICE.”
Was it just women?
No! This march is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity who believes in the fact that women’s rights are human rights.
Where was it?
Of course THE march was in Washington, but did you know that a march happened in every single state and in many different countries? There was one in Cleveland too!
Around a million people from different walks of life came together on a chilly January weekend in Washington DC to stand up for women’s rights and protest against sexism, racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry. Throughout the election season, our new President Donald Trump made comments that provoked fear in the minds of minority and majority groups alike.
“Remember, the Constitution doesn’t begin with, ‘I, the president.’ It begins with, ‘We, the people.'” – Gloria Steinem
Today, women make up the majority of the US population, yet they still are not considered (or at least are not treated as) equals. Women flaunted signs highlighting their disbelief that they continue to have to protest against gender inequality. The fact that there had to be posters outlining that “Women’s rights are human rights!” demonstrates a problem in itself. If the majority of the population has to gather, march, and chant to make their voices heard and get their point across, there are massive issues within society. Despite the fear, anger, and disbelief that pervades this society today, people (not only women) of every nationality, sexual orientation, social class, etc. came together to make history last weekend.
“You must always remember to choose freedom over fear.” – Janelle Monae
January 21, 2017 was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have never been prouder to call myself a girl alongside all of my united sisters. After the election, I was devastated. I understand that 17 years is not a long time to have faced the realities of our world, but never in my life would I have thought that someone like Donald Trump, could take power over our country. I have spent the last 4 months delivering Michelle Obama’s speech endorsing Hillary Clinton for Speech and Debate tournaments, and I believed her with all my heart when she said Hillary Clinton would shatter the glass ceiling once and for all. However, it is clear that we all need to step up with our hammers and help her out. That is what this march was. We will not stop until we are marching on broken glass.
“We will not build a stupid wall, and we will not tear millions of families apart.” – Elizabeth Warren
The fear that I felt on the night of November 8th has now been replaced with pride and hope for the future. I do not think that our protest will change the ways of our President, but our country has fail-safes and checks and balances to ensure that no one will become too powerful. We will not be silenced. We will not quietly comply with being treated as if we are less than what we are worth. We will use our voices. I have hope because our cause is not lost. If anyone ever feels alone, know that there are literally millions of people worldwide who supported the march’s cause and support your beliefs.
“President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said, I respect that you are our president-elect and I want to be able to support you. But first I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother, support my best friend and all of our girlfriends, support the men and women here today who are anxiously awaiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives.” – Scarlett Johansson
Look at any picture of the march, and you will see a picture of democracy. Throughout the world, not one person was arrested while making their voice heard last weekend. Generations of families stood up. Grandmothers marched for their daughters, who marched, in turn, for their own daughters – girls, who hopefully won’t have to march in the future. One woman, mid-march, gave birth to a baby girl, or should I say, a “nasty woman”. We were able to stand tall because we were standing on the shoulders of all of the women who came before us. We represented the popular vote. A popular vote that will not tolerate 4 years of intolerance. We must continue to stand united because some wise ladies once said, “We are always stronger together.”
“Let us fight with love, faith and courage so that our families will not be destroyed. I also want to tell the children not to be afraid, because we are not alone. There are still many people that have their hearts filled with love. Let’s keep together and fight for the rights.” – Sophie Cruz, six-year-old immigrant activist
Also check out this article about the principles and goals of the protest and intersectional feminism: