The Women’s March on January 21st, 2017 was the largest organized single day demonstration in US history. An estimated 3.3 to 4.6 million people participated in the US alone. There were marches held internationally as well, in solidarity with the US. An estimated 260,000 to 357,000 people participated in those marches. Since then, there have been a number of protests and rallies across the nation for a variety of issues, especially in major cities. There’s to be a march in support LGBT+ folks.
The marches all across the US were beautiful, and filled with inspiring, hopeful messages. There were signs supporting immigrants, LGBT+ people, people of color, and so on. I personally attended representing the LGBT+ crowd. I participate in the Seattle march, alongside upwards of 175,000 people. A good friend of mine, Victoria Holt, took some photos of the march throughout the day. As the photos below show, there were many reasons for women and men to march that day.
The thing about women’s issues is that they tie directly in with many other issues. You can’t just ask for equality for women without asking for equality of women of color, LGBT+ people, and so on.
If one group doesn’t succeed, none of them will. Our destinies are intertwined.
Today is International Women’s Day - a day that is set aside each year to recognize the struggles of women. It’s a tradition that has gone on virtually uninterrupted for over a century. And yet, here we are, still fighting for equality. Honestly, we’re not even at a place where we are actually fighting for equality. We’re still trying to convince people that there is inequality. Until we can agree on that, we will always be one step behind. Hell, we are still having to explain to people that trans women ARE WOMEN.
We must utilize what power we have to protect our trans sisters and sisters of color. At least seven trans women have already been murdered this year. That’s just the number of trans women who have been confirmed as murdered - that number does not include the women who are currently missing or those whose bodies have not been identified. All seven of them were women of color. That is an alarming number. It’s unacceptable. It’s also something that absolutely must to be included in discussions about women.
When you think about or discuss women’s issues today, be sure to keep in mind the unique roadblocks other women face - even if those hurdles are not your own. Women’s equality is about LGBT+ equality. It’s about equality for women of color. We all fight for different reasons, but in the end, we wish for the same conclusion - to be treated and respected equally. This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldForChange. They are encouraging people to challenge bias, campaign against violence, celebrate women’s achievements and champion women’s education. We need to do these things today, tomorrow, and every single day thereafter.
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