By: Lauren Lippert
The Women’s March became the largest single day protest in U.S history on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Millions of women across the globe took to the streets to protest against the President and his remarks regarding women as well as other issues. From then on each year, all genders and ethnicities come together to advocate against the legislation for human rights and other issues such as women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, etc.
Each year, the march continues to grow in terms of numbers, and the ages, genders, and ethnicities of the attendees continues to diversify. This was seen at the march in downtown Phoenix where thousands gathered around the capital all dressed in bright pink or red colors, t-shirts with feminist sayings on them and a clever poster in hand.
Diverse speakers discussed the importance of marching, and urged people to remember why they are marching. From speakers who represented the hearing-impaired community to the Hispanic community, it was mind blowing to see the empowerment of not only women, but all minority groups.
As the march began around the capital, strangers would walk up to each other smiling and talking as if they had known each other their whole lives. Around them, chants would break out of “Hey, hey, ho, ho! All the hate has got to go” while throwing their fists in the air and raising their posters. From the age of four to 65, people of all ages came together in support of one another.
It was a day where gender, ethnicity or race did not matter, but instead focused on sharing the same beliefs and values.
While it was my first march, I can honestly say it was truly remarkable being able to march with my fellow women and a smile never left my face the entire day.