Woman’s March Makes History

1.21.2017: Woman’s March Makes History

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January 21, 2017 will be written in our children’s textbooks. The worldwide protest supported woman’s rights, health care reform, LGBTQ+ rights, protection of the environment, freedom of religion and many other issues. The protest initially targeted President Trump’s inauguration, although the march snowballed into people standing up for their rights and beliefs.

The protests were all over the globe. The march was initiated in Washington D.C, but spread into other countries and cities. Some examples include London, Kenya, Rome, and even Dutch Harbor, the most western march in the U.S.

Many celebrities spoke or performed at the protest; such as Natalie Portman, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys and many more. You can check out some pictures and videos here.

Sarah Frostenson, author of “The Women's Marches may havebeen the largest demonstration in US history,” stated “more than 3.3 million joined the march in more than 500 U.S cities.” The U.S population is recorded at 318.9 million people. This means roughly 1% of the U.S population marched last Saturday!  


The New York Times posted pictures of the woman’s march onevery continent. The article even included a picture from Fairbanks! This picture below was taken by Robin Wood.

   
Now that this march made history, where do we go from here? The march demonstrated the power of citizens, and the effect of planning and organizing. Social media is a powerful tool, especially to spread the word quickly throughout the globe. I am proud being a woman, and I am so thankful that millions of people stand up for their rights. I hope this movement will not slow down, and that this is just the beginning.

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