What to Know: Women’s March

Both women and men walked in the Women’s March Saturday, Jan. 21, to raise awareness for women’s rights and – in some cases – protest against President Donald Trump’s policies.

Mya Smith, Columnist

About 4.6 million men, women, and children worldwide walked in the Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Some people wondered whether the intention of the march was to educate others of women’s rights or because of their perceived notions of President Donald Trump as a racist, sexist, homophobe. In spite of the tensions that inspired these protests, they were overall peaceful.

Senator Bernie Sanders posted on Twitter, “President Trump, you made a big mistake. By trying to divide us by race, religion, gender and nationality, you actually brought us closer.” Other celebrities and political figures spoke at the event in Washington. Singer and actress Alicia Keys said, “We, us, as women, have to say yes we can!” Actress Scarlett Johansson also spoke and stated, “President Trump – I did not vote for you. That being said, I respect that you became president, and I want to be able to support you, but I ask you to support me, support my sister, support my mother, support my best friend, and all my girlfriends.”

Most protesters said it was important to them because women aren’t treated as equals to men. A majority of the women did it to “stick it to the man,” meaning Donald Trump. Many others found the walk pointless as Trump had already been elected as president.

The march was originally meant to support women and other relating things, like protesting against Trump, defending the LGBTQ+ community, or equal rights.