A Wave or a Tsunami?

Lucia Rea, Journalist

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The first Women’s March was on January 21, 2017, one day after President Trump’s inauguration. It was meant to send a message against sexist statements Trump made. It showed that a large segment of the public was not going to idly stand by. The Women’s March has transformed into a popular movement throughout the nation and even globally. The Women’s March, now organized as a non profit organization, states,

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement, providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect (WomensMarch.com).

This means that the March works to join women together to focus on creating positive change. They provide connection and education on a variety of issues to change and end oppressive systems nonviolently.

The March has had significant impacts on politics and youth involvement. An estimated seven million people participated in the March in 2017 and the trend continued into 2018. The movement has also worked to empower youth to take action on issues in their communities. Their youth section has over 100 chapters along with 31 youth ambassadors. They recognize the importance of having younger generations joining the cause to ensure their message is spread and understood. Political topics connected to the Women’s March range from reproductive rights to environmental justice.

 

In the 2018 midterm elections, what has been heralded as the Women’s Wave began with 277 women running for congress or governor and 125 winning. This win also gave Democrats a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Some of these amazing women include Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar.

As politics change, we must use our voices and adapt to new ways of speaking up for what we see as right. Our voices are the strongest tool we have, so why not use them?

 

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A Wave or a Tsunami?