By Rachel Rodin ’18
Hundreds of thousands of people protested for their rights in New York on January 21, 2017. Men, women, and children showed up to march, giving it a grand total of almost 500,000 participants. The protests have been going on for almost 170 years. Originally, women’s rights marches started in 1848 in Seneca Falls and only consisted of 100 men and women. Now in 2017, the protests and marches continue stronger than ever.
This particular march was especially important because of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The march was mostly to promote women’s rights as well as the rights of the LGBTQ community. The march was essentially against Trump’s presidency as well.
“The campaign led by Trump brought out the worst in people and there was a lot of fear-mongering. Further Trump lies and has undermined our very democracy…” said Eileen Monreale.
The march is a generally uplifting event, no matter the weather or other factors.
On the particularly warm winter day of January 21, most people were in good spirits, marching along with thousands of others and chanting.
“The march showed me that I am not alone and proved, once again, the POWER OF A FREE PEOPLE,” said Monreale.
Thousands of people held up signs with empowering symbols, such as a Muslim woman wearing an American Flag hijab and a clothes hanger with the words “Never again.” The marchers held their posters up unwaveringly, despite their tiredness. The march brought many stereotypically callous New Yorkers together. Although the event was serious, the various chants such as “We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter,” sparked a few laughs.
“It was also important for me to show to the younger generation that you can express your opinion in a civil way, be creative in delivering your message (posters, hats, flags, t-shirts, musical expressions) and support each other in hope of a change,” said Elvira Rodin.
Although the end point was at Trump Tower, the number of people present made getting there almost impossible. Despite this, the majority of people left the march feeling empowered, unified, and accomplished.
“I felt energized from the march and it inspired me to continue to be politically active,” said Terry Demonbrun. Many protestors left with a symbolical pink hat and a lapel pin to support the cause. Although the protest might not have done much to impeach president Trump, it still meant a lot to people to be able to stand together for one cause.