photo from Wilmington Women’s March Facebook page
Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Las Angeles, Las Vegas. All of these places combined hosted large crowds of women yearning to make a change. January 21st, 2018 marked the second annual ‘Women’s March’ which started in Washington, D.C. in 2017. What started as Teresa Shook inviting forty of her friends to march on Washington after becoming frustrated with the 2016 election results quickly turned into a movement that spread across not only the entire United States of America, but also the entire globe.
These hundreds of thousands of women did not just march for their own sake, they also marched for others who fell into any minority group for their voices too had been silenced. Through these marches women were able to talk with one another about challenges they faced throughout their daily lives and support one another. Although the name ‘Women’s March’ seems as if it would be limited to only women, that could not be further from the truth. Men stranded in solidarity with and for their wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers.
“It was a really neat experience. I never felt like I was an outcast because feminism is about the equality of men and women,” says Wilmington College Freshman, Layne Frederick. “I’ve never been to a march of any kind so it was so powerful to see so many strangers united in their beliefs.”
“I never felt like I was an outcast because feminism is about the equality of men and women” – Layne Frederick, WC Freshman
This year brought about a new wave as the #Metoo and #TimesUp movements, which shined a light on sexual violence in the workplace and throughout the daily lives of women, found their way into mainstream media a few months before the march was scheduled. Celebrities, moms, young children, and college students banded and took to the streets to advocate for fair treatment for women.
“It was super eye opening to be honest. I have never met a kinder group of strangers come together and support one another.” says Wilmington College Freshman Tiffany Kim. “The issue meant a lot and sort of served as common ground so even if we were polar opposites, we still had that one thing in common: wanting to stand up for each other.”
Even with so many differences that may have driven strangers apart, none of that was visible as thousands of women stood in solidarity with one another. With so many other things going on in the country and around the globe that may bring upon sadness and frustration, the women and men that made up the marches were glad to have a day dedicated to moving forward.