#WhyIMarch: It's More Than Trump

#WhyIMarch: It's More Than Trump

The Women's March was more than just hating Trump
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We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. -Women's March on Washington, Mission & Vision

This past Saturday, the day following President Trump's inauguration, an estimated 2.9 million people took part in the Women's March on Washington and sister marches in over 75 countries across the globe. These peaceful displays of sisterhood, solidarity, and resistance may garner hate from Trump supporters shouting "cry-babies" and "deal with it," but the marches are much more than Trump alone.

While it is true that the majority of marchers do not approve of or support the current administration, there are countless other reasons that millions of women and men felt the need and desire to get out there and have their voices heard. Whether it be issues of sexism, racism, or reproductive rights, everyone at the marches believed in something greater than just Trump, or more, something that the Trump presidency represented.

The #WhyIMarch tag reveals what it is that brought millions of people together, in love, to end complacency. (I recommend you explore the thousands of tweets).

So that our daughters will know their bodies are their own. So our sons embody gentle strength. So they can dismiss both labels #WhyIMarch
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 21, 2017

US women 16x more likely to die by gun than in other developed countries. Gun violence=women's issue. #WhyIMarch #EndGunViolence @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/YYro91QJEo
— Meg A (@MeghanAnomaly) January 22, 2017

I marched today because I am a feminist. #whyimarch #WomensMarch Photo by @Xtra_MoNey pic.twitter.com/DKLoqaaoeZ
— Finnegan Harries (@FinnHarries) January 22, 2017

Women's rights = human rights. #WhyIMarch @womensmarch 21st January, 2017 pic.twitter.com/HeGtPM34t1
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 21, 2017







These were not "cry-babies," pouring on to planes and trains because of their disapproval of our new president. These were strong women and men making sure that the world was hearing them. It was for the rights of a woman to her own body. It was for the freedom of religion in a country built upon just that. It was for an end to racism and sexism, and so much more. Sure, Mr. President, you want to "Make America great again," but which "great" decade do you mean? I can assure you, there will be no moving backwards if we have anything to say about it.

The Women's March was made to show that we will not sit idly by for the next four years. We cannot change the outcome of the election, but we can make progress towards a better, more loving world.

As Senator Sanders tweeted during the march, "By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer." It will be us that make America great, Mr. President. Just watch and see.

Cover Image Credit: Slate

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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That One Time I May Have Shot An Ex-Police Officer

Yeah, you heard me.

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In England, we don't really have guns, maybe hunting guns but I think it's pretty rare. Anyway, point is, barely any guns. I have never seen a gun, shot a gun, I don't even know anybody that owns a gun so as an exchange student in Oklahoma it's a novelty to visit a gun range.

I was pretty nervous about shooting but the instructor was super nice and told us how to hold the gun and load it before we went into the range. He also let us ask any questions we had about guns and explained the process of getting a gun in Oklahoma and he said he had visited Europe and was talking about England, and how he used to be a cop and opened his own gun shop. Basically a really really nice guy, which honestly makes harming him ten times worse.

We went into the range and we were shooting a 22 caliber and another guy at the range, I'm assuming a regular, asked if we wanted to fire his revolver so of course, we said yes.

This gun was definitely heavier and the trigger was super hard to pull but he kept his hand on the gun whilst I struggled with the trigger and then I fired it.

I heard a bang and I heard a yell.

I turned around and he was holding his thumb and there was blood dripping onto the floor. At this point, I thought I had shot him, so you can imagine the sheer level of panic that I was feeling.

The color drained from my face and I was frozen solid and all I could say was, "are you okay?" which was answered with a "Ma'am, put the gun down."

Basically, I'm freaking out and I look over at the lads for some form of reassurance, which was met with them looking equally as freaked out as me. So I asked,

"Do we need to call someone?"

"Yep. We are definitely gonna have to call someone"

So at this point, my nerves were shattered and I had no idea what was going on or what the procedure is for this sort of thing. I mean, the guy also took it like a champ and barely even winced and kept repeating "little lady, you're fine" – safe to say I did not feel fine nor did the situation, in my eyes, look at all fine.

Luckily the regulars knew what to do and took him to the ER so we were left in the store with another regular shooter.

Everyone else went back out to shoot but I didn't feel like assaulting/ shooting/ potentially murdering anyone else so I decided to sit this round out and talk to the woman that stayed with us and he called and said it wasn't me, something came off the bullet or gun and went into his hand- so no I didn't actually shoot him and he was going to be okay.

The point of this now very funny story is that whilst guns are cool they're also pretty dangerous.

I have no idea how someone can participate in these mass shootings because I didn't even shoot someone, only thought I did, and it was probably the most terrifying moment of my life.

So, if you are around guns, have fun, be safe and try not to send your instructor to the ER.

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