3 Concerns I Have for the Women's March

3 Concerns I Have for the Women's March

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It's been less than a week since America swore in her 45th commander in chief. Last weekend was gravid with emotions. On January 20th, crowds of both protestors and supporters filled the Mall at Washington D.C. for the inauguration of Donald Trump. The turnout was actually quite comical when compared to Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration day.

As if the inauguration wasn't busy enough, the next day's Women's March on January 21st took place across the United States and certain parts of Canada. Millions of women and men came out to voice their concerns, opinions, and disapproval of bigoted policies that Trump has proposed to develop during his presidency. At least that seemed to be the main goal of the march. As for the other goals, unfortunately, I am unclear of what tangible results the Guiding Principles will bring to the country at large.

The vision and mission are so beautifully crafted that one can easily fall in love with the cadence and diction. But what is the action plan? The Unity Principles outline all of the rights that should be protected and free from structural impediments. Simply put and reasonable expectations. After a careful review of the march's website, I still find it difficult to see what exactly should come out of this movement. In short, I have 3 concerns for the Women's March.

1. Lack of Clarity for "10 Actions/100 Days" Campaign.

In 100 days, the committee intends to have accomplished the great seemingly impossible feat of achieving equity for women, minorities, and the disabled. Again, what tangible outcomes do the initiatives yield? A closed wage gap between men and women? More funding for families caring for loved ones with disabilities? Gaining a stronger voice for disadvantaged women ultimately giving more visibility to those who need justice? The first action involves personal communication, "pouring your heart out" on any issue, and sharing it with the world and your senator. Nothing intrinsically wrong. But I wonder, where is the real power behind this?

2. Does feminism encompass all inequities?

Contrary to the lack of clarity on execution, it was very clear that attendees disapprove strongly of Donald Trump's behavior during his campaign. Even his behavior from years ago. His infidelities, his questionable business tactics, and we cannot forget the "grab 'em by the pussy" audio. I couldn't help but wonder why so many of these women and men were so moved by feminist issues, obviously to an extent that appears stronger than feelings on other injustices. I thought how many of them attended a Black Lives Matter peaceful protest or donated money in effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline or actually know the facts behind the water that's poisoning innocent children in Flint, Michigan. Perhaps some of them have been vocal on other issues, but I do not trust that it is a high percentage.

3. Doing it for the hype?

The trust issues I have with the Women's March aligns with the trivial social media posts that quite frankly are belabored. The pussy hats (I admit, they're cute AF), women dressed in pussy costumes, and carrying pussy themed signs created a strong sense of warmth and love. But hashtags, retweets, and likes in the thousands doesn't convince me that the commitment to driving home the actions needed to ensure all persons in this country receive a fair share of equity. Was this an anti-Trump rally more so than a march to add fuel to the fire of an age-old movement?


I can say the Women's March media is doing a stellar job of providing resources for those looking to get answers and gain knowledge regarding their rights in various situations. And the overall intent is sound and grounded in nonviolent measures. My uncertainty lies in the lack of direct execution and diversity in allies. The national committee is over ninety percent female. Can we reach all sectors of the American public if the movement represents only a segment of the population? I clench to the tailcoat of hope.

Cover Image Credit: Karin Yearwood

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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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