Shortly following the Inauguration of President Donald Trump hundreds of thousands of women and men gathered to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, 2017. People from all over the United States participated in this movement to protect and support women rights and other causes such as immigration reform, health care reform, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers rights.
Witnessing so much passion in one place from men and women of all ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientation was so inspirational. Seeing other countries participate in this movement shows that despite the differences and distances we are ALL together as one and just as equal as one another.
While watching the crowd and each individual take part in this march I noticed every single person had a different message. It made me realize the power of bringing our voices together and the importance of supporting your beliefs no matter what they may be. When we all come together and raise our voice it makes a difference.
I marched because I believe all women should have equal job opportunities.
I marched because I want to see an end to domestic violence.
I marched because I want all women to be free from sexual harassment.
I marched because I want to travel the world without fear of the trafficking of women.
I marched because as a Latina, I want to achieve pay equality not just for me but for all individuals.
Did you know that the wage gap exists women’s average annual paychecks reflected only 77 cents for every $1.00 earned by men?
Specifically for women of color, the gap is even wider: In comparison to a white, non-Hispanic man’s dollar, African-American women earn only 64 cents and Latinas just 55 cents.
& most importantly, I marched because I believe every single person white, black, muslim, jewish, gay, straight male, female, rich poor, or disabled all have human rights and deserve to be valued as an equal.
As a woman I have learned that it’s important to embrace who you are, what you love, and your passions. Expressing your womanhood and taking action on your beliefs is the only way we will see change. After taking part in this, I have hope.
Hope for a better world and courage to always speak up on behalf of what I believe in.
Hope that with love, hate will never win.
What did you march for?