Real World 101: The Women’s March on Washington

A basic guideline to WTF happened this weekend on Capitol Hill, what counts as 'feminism', and the result of the most widespread protest in US history.

Let’s rewind for a second…

In case you blacked out on cheap tequila post-inauguration in an attempt to drown the memory of Trump’s bloodbath of an inaugural address,  here’s what’s going on in Washington.

The Women’s March on Washington took place on January 21, 2017, following the inauguration of President Donald Trump by a mere 24 hours and prefacing the  44th anniversary of Roe V. Wade (the landmark supreme court case that legalized abortion) by the same. The march was a movement that directly opposed the stagnant and retroactive propositions of Trump’s newly appointed cabinet regarding the reproductive and basic human rights of American women, girls, and LGBTQIA of all ethnicities and backgrounds. The march also addressed the president’s proposed crack-down on immigration. It was a peaceful protest that followed the principles of Kingian non-violence, meaning everyone made dope AF signs and then totally didn’t set the American flag on fire. Score 1 for Ghandi.

What it means for Trump:

President Trump’s inauguration saw the smallest turnout of the past 12 years, rivaling only George W. Bush (yikes). On inauguration day, the Uber surge charge in DC was 0x. The following day during the march, the surge leaped to 4x the normal price. These figures reflect that there were more people in DC attending the march than there were attending the inauguration the previous day. 82,000 more Metro subway rides were purchased on the day of the march than on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

Washington was not the only stomping ground for the weekend’s protest. Nationwide, as well as internationally, marches took place with men, women, and children of all backgrounds in attendance. Reportedly, 1 in every 100 Americans participated in the march. For Trump, this means a strong resistance from day one. How he handles this opposition will be revealed within the coming months, as the women’s movement continues to gain momentum worldwide. No comment was made by Trump on the day of the march itself. Thankfully, our little social media butterfly tweeted about it the next day. He began with this:

A short two hours later (after a stern talking to about the importance of presidential grace and the classic ‘everyone can see what you post online’ speech that most of us got at age 8, likely), he followed it up with another tweet.

Nice save.

What it means for ladies:

The most recent wave of feminism has bred a unique population of women. Not everyone who attended the Women’s March was pro-choice. However, some pro-life attendants voiced their discomfort with the march’s pro-choice platform and Planned Parenthood sponsorship. Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women’s March, explained to Emma Green of the Atlantic why  so many pro-lifers were also in attendance despite the largely pro-choice crowd. Its about more than the right to reproductive choice.

Pro life supporters marched for their own reasons, such as “cultural misogyny, the state of education and health care, and a desire for their own daughters to be able to lead.”- Bob Bland, Co-Chair of The Women’s March on Washington

Pro-life and pro-choice feminists do have a semblance of common ground, and that commonality is being pro-women. The Women’s March was the largest protest of all time with more than 2.5 million participants worldwide, according to USA Today. Zero protest arrests were made in Washington DC, New York, or LA, which is a remarkable feat considering the size of the crowds. The momentum of the Women’s March will likely continue throughout Trump’s presidency until he releases American women from the misogynistic shackles of reproductive uncertainty. (Hint: Bye-bye, Pence).

Only time will tell. But, I’m willing to bet that the girl-power movement is here to stay.

 

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