Women In Formation

Looking back at the Women’s March on Washington, its influence, visibility and popularity made it a success but what comes next? On January 21st, people on all seven continents–yes, even Antarctica–participated in the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches. Some would argue that the Women’s March was a direct reaction to losing an election, which in part it was, but the March ultimately supported human rights, justice and dignity. Initially getting criticism from both sides, the right argued that it was anti-man, dangerously pro-choice and too much whining against President Donald Trump’s win while the left noticed the March did not include women of color as organisers.

The March was compelled to push for a greater message that went beyond liberal opposition while also including more women of color, considering the March was initially inspired by the black-led Million Women March of 1997. Bringing on board diverse activists, such as Linda Sarsour, Ting Ting Cheng and Carmen Perez, gave legitimacy to a march about human rights and equality while also paying homage to the Million Women March that was for women of color. The Women’s March of today ended up evolving from a diverse group of women who championed human rights and inclusion above all else.

But the March was still about the new president. In pink “pussy” hats and holding signs like, “Not My President,” or, making a pun of his infamous coiff, “We Shall Overcomb,” many saw the Women’s March as an antidote against the misogyny spurred by President Trump’s divisive rhetoric. That and the welcoming and inclusive marketing is what compelled so many people to march. The Women’s March may have been the largest demonstration in U.S. History. Around 4.2 million people came to participate across the U.S. while approximately 370,000 participated in the 200 international sister marches. It is curious what will come of the Women’s Marches, but considering how there is A Day Without Women demonstration in the works for March 8th and a growing discussion of feminism and human rights, this is just the beginning of a long journey for protestors learning how to oppose the Trump phenomenon. Around 300,000 people marched in California’s San Jose. Below are some photos of protestors at the San Jose March.

Mariah Katz