Yesterday feminists everywhere celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March. Women and men all across America walked together in protest of inequality and sexism in our country, we’re speaking to you Trump administration.
Today I learned that this movement began when one woman, disheartened by Trump’s election, created a Facebook event inviting friends to march on Washington in protest. The event went viral and more than 450,000 people showed up. This is a true testament to the idea that our actions and political involvement can have an impact and influence change.
I would say that every city brings something different to the march, but especially the ethnic cultural hub of New Orleans. Yesterday I participate in New Orleans women’s march. The march took place in the historic French Quarter, and people stood on balconies and cheered as we paraded by.
The march was so lively a second-line even participated, encouraging everyone to continue on for nearly two hours and more than three miles of walking.
The city’s vibrant culture, diversity and close-knit community are extremely recognizable in moments like these.
Throughout the march chants and rhymes were sung. A few memorable ones are “we need a leader, not a creepy tweeter”; “hands too small, can’t build a wall”; “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go.” Although they are fun and motivational, these chants bring up my main criticism of the women’s march. It’s amazing that Trump was able to spark anger that united and inspired so many people to take action to make change. That being said, I wish that sentiment of the movement was more pro-women and less anti-trump. It is important to recognize that these issues, although recently exasperated, were not created by the current administration. I’m sure the gender equality campaign will continue on for many years after the Trump presidency has ended I believe that a transition away from indignation caused by trump to focus on institutional inequality.