It’s been about three months since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, and it’s safe to say that the country’s current political landscape has people in an uproar. The Trump administration has made it perfectly clear that the policies they intend to put in place will negatively impact the lives of minorities in the United States, and for many, now is an important (and terrifying) time to become an activist.
On January 21st, 2017, a global protest known as The Women’s March took place. In Washington DC alone, over 500,000 people marched in order to start a conversation about the state of women’s rights. With conversation typically comes curiosity and debate, and there was one question specifically that was asked frequently during the march’s lead-up and aftermath.
What are people marching for?
This question managed to garner a variety of responses. On one “side,” you had people defining the march’s purpose by saying it was a way of bringing attention to topics such as reproductive rights, immigration, the LGBT community, racial inequality, and more. On the other, you had people stating that they didn’t feel there was a need for a protest, stating that they feel there is already widespread equality in the United States.
As a result of this opinion division, memes were created, with those against the march often citing oppression occurring in other countries as a way to minimize what those in favor of the march felt they were fighting for. Those in support of the march responded to these types of posts with memes of their own, listing the reasons why they felt the march was a necessary way of taking action and fighting for what they believe in. The discussion was very reminiscent of posts that went around a few years ago with women holding up signs and stating why they didn’t need/needed feminism.
Personally, I agree with line of thinking that the march was necessary. There is still a lot of progress that needs to be made for women in the United States before they can be considered equal to men. Protesting is a way for people to have their voices be heard, and I don’t see anything wrong with speaking out against injustice.