The streets were flooded, opinions waved along with the signs, and the color pink was seen far and wide the day after President Trump’s inauguration. The Women’s March spread across the nation.
To answer what the march really is, Snow College sophomore Kaitlynn Harrison said, “The march is a coming together of different people with different voices, unified and supporting each other wanting peace, freedom, equality and the best for each other and the world.” While every marcher had different reasons, the celebrity spokespeople focused on reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and the intersectionality of feminism.
The University of Denver and Connecticut’s Erica Chenoweth and Jeremy Pressman’s compiled data conclude that 3.3 million people participated in 500 marches across the nation. Although riots erupted on Inauguration Day, no arrests were made as the march remained peaceful.
Though there are many strong proponents for women’s rights, there are also just as many outspoken opponents. An anonymous source cautions, “Do research. Not to pick a side, but to see both sides and pick your values.” It seems only history will truly determine the impact or significance of the Women’s March 2017.