As you might have (purposely) forgotten, Donald Trump is officially inaugurated as the new President of the United States January 20th, this Friday. As I am sure you are also aware (especially if you’re reading this blog!) Trump’s rhetoric and proposed policies are jam-packed with racist, homophobic, and sexist sentiments which affect all who are exposed to them. I talk more about this in last months post: What it feels like to be a woman on November 9th, 2016 in Canada.
In response to all of this, the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington have come together to organize a massive event on January 21st which supports intersectional feminism. Their official platform is based on the goal to “affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination”. The full Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles of the Women’s March can be found online. The manifesto, created by around 20 women organizers, speaks to the broad-reaching intentions of the march. The intentions are to bring together all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds to show support and fight for Women’s Rights, Racial Justice, Economic Justice, as well as many other issues of equality.
One of the most positive things that has come from the recent negative rhetoric circulating mainstream media and politics is its ability to bring like-minded people together. To connect people up with others who share their values, in the face of negativity, to create something of value. The Women’s March in Washington is definitely the epitome of this. The march has gone viral – shared by media outlets like Vogue.com and CNN.com. Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend, in fact it is estimated that this may be one of the biggest protests to be held in American history!
With thanks to social media, people from all over the world have heard about the march and many are even travelling from far to attend it. Within those are many well-known names such as Amy Schumer, America Ferrera, and Julianne Moore.
So what can you do to support the movement if you are not able to be in Washington DC this Saturday? Lots! There are Sister Marches being held all over the world. Everywhere from Melbourne, Australia to Yangon, Myanmar to Tokyo, Japan to Gabriola Island, Canada. There are over 386 Marches happening in total so far! You can search for a march near you online here.
If you can’t make it to a march in person, there are yet still more ways you can participate in the movement. One creative way to participate in the Washington DC march itself is by submitting a headshot of yourself to The Inside Out Project. The Inside Out Project is an art project started by JR that aims to “give everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for”. The project has pasted portraits of people as political statements all around the world allowing people to reclaim their cities, homes, and stand up for what they believe in. The art project won the Ted Prize in 2011 and you can learn more about the ongoing movement at http://www.insideoutproject.net/. The project has partnered with the organizers of the Women’s March so anyone can attend the march in Washington even if they are not there! You can send your image in to:
You can also join into the conversation on #whywemarch through social media, knit your own Pussy Hat to show solidarity, and follow along with further feminist activities through the Women March’s social media.
What do you stand for? Together we are always stronger and the Women’s March is creating a powerful way to do just this! If you do choose to attend one of the in-person marches make sure to stay safe by going with someone else, knowing what your rights are, and following other typical precautions. You can also now download the Women’s March App here. No matter how you choose to show solidarity and support for equality on January 21st, make sure you continue to remember, poppers, to see change, share change, be change.