As a student of an all women’s university, I have been lifted into a family of strong, bold women who are not easily shut down when working towards a greater cause. Our newest opportunity is the Women’s March on Washington taking place January 21, 2017 from 10am-5pm. Granting us the leisure of buses, anyone can sign up to go. Some plan to attend the march, others will go in support. Even if they feel they aren’t ready for the crowd of people, they can go simply to explore the city. They are giving us this opportunity to expand our horizons, see new places, and make a difference.
People of all backgrounds, gender identities or gender non-conforming, feminists, and ages are welcome. There will be special arrangements and meeting points for the elderly, pregnant women, and those with disabilities or a wheelchair. Our diverse community and familial backgrounds are what makes America the “melting pot” that it is known to be. It is adamant within the official website of the march that every effort to maintain peace and solidarity will be made.
As we have been for years, we are fearful of our future regarding our pay, our everyday safety, our health, and our families. If we continue to let oppressors believe we are easily silenced, they win. It would be wrong to sit back while decisions against our human rights are being made. We are louder as a group, for when people work together for a cause, it induces change.
Feminism shouldn’t be perceived as a “dirty” word, or something masked by a taboo. Being a feminist solely means that you believe in the equality of the sexes. You believe in basic human rights to protect, if not yourself, then your mother, sister, or daughter.
I want the best future for all of the woman in my life, and I want the best opportunities for the women surrounding me in the classroom. I am eternally grateful to have chosen a university that allows me a voice despite opposing political opinions, and that it gives me a chance to express it no matter the circumstances.
More information regarding the march can be found here.
Written by Zoë Pierson