After Donald Trumps inauguration, there was a national march for women’s rights on January 21st.
According to the website, the Women’s March on Washington’s mission took place “in the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
This statement is relatively ambiguous. But the general consensus was that they wanted to promote equality. Between not only men and women but also for those of all races, national origins, and sexual orientations.
According to The Washington Post, this was a march against complacency and for basic rights.
“Less than 24 hours after the new president took the oath of office, hundreds of thousands of Americans came together to say that they would not stand by in silence if the new administration threatened basic freedoms or the advances of the past eight years, and the last 50.”
Government subsidized birth control and abortions are these so-called “rights.”
Racial tension as well as the lack of transgender representation created some dissent.
Jennifer Willis resigned from the march as reported by Heat Street,
“Willis resigned because she felt the sudden appearance of fault lines in the coalition made no sense: ‘This is a women’s march. We’re supposed to be allies in equal pay, marriage, adoption. Why is it now about, ‘white women don’t understand black women?’ She also told reporters that she didn’t know what it meant to ‘check her privilege.'”
The New York Times also reported that Willis saw a Facebook post stating that white allies need to listen more and talk less. She expressed to the media that she no longer felt included or wanted due to being white. Regardless of the fact that the Women’s March website claims that they care about equality of all kinds.
The transgender community also felt excluded, which solely furthered the internal conflict –
“The transgender community has officially taken offense to last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington… ‘Transgender activists claim ‘pussyhats’ that women wore at anti-Trump marches alienated the transgender community by suggesting ‘a vagina is essential to womanhood,’ a headline from the Daily Mail read.'”
Transgender people did not feel that the march would be a safe space for them because of a TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist) presence.
Standing together against Trump wasn’t as easy as originally thought. What started as a march for equality quickly fell apart.