A message to the world, the new president of the USA and the people who share his opinions when it comes to women and equal rights.
The 21st of January 2017 was a historical day. In cities all around the world people showed up to march and demonstrate for women’s rights and for equal rights. The date was far from coincidental, it was the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. He might have been the trigger, but the event was far more than just a protest to the new president. It was evidence of how powerful we are and how we’re ready to fight for what’s ours. The insecurity of having a sexist man as one of the most powerful men in the world, doesn’t make us any weaker, more the opposite.
It all started with Teresa Shook who made a Facebook event to protest the new president’s inauguration. Thousands of people saw it and wanted to join her in protest. Shook decided to create a group together with female activists from New York. What was first called ‘Million Woman March’, ended up with the name ‘The Women’s March’ referencing to the civil rights demonstration in 1963. The two organisations ‘Planned Parenthood’ and ‘Equality Now’ joined in, and together with thousands of women, men and children, they made the day historic.
Tamika Mallory, one of the organisers stated what their purpose was:
“We plan to make a bold and clear statement to this country on the national and local level that we will not be silent and we will not let anyone roll back the rights we have fought and struggled to get.”
Over five million people marched around the world, 1 million in Washington DC alone. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Alexa Chung, Blake Lively and Adrianna Grande showed up in different cities. Madonna and Alicia Keys were in the US’ capitol to raise their voices. Madonna said:
‘It seems as though we all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would prevail in the end. Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here.’
The historical day proved us that in challenging times, women only become stronger and we’re not going to sit back and watch our human rights being taken away from us. We’re awesome and we sure as hell grab em back.
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Text: Christine Rye-Johnson
Images: Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar