Women’s March Makes Statements Across the Globe

by Madison Marko and Grace Frunk – Editors

According to law enforcement, an estimated 120,000 people crowded the streets of Seattle on January 21, marching as one—one group, one voice, with varying outlooks but one desire.
The march, dubbed the “Womxn’s March” by organizers (the “x” representing the transgender community), was just one of many across the nation—all prompted by the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
This march to me meant standing up for myself, all the women across the nation, minority groups, and anyone who has felt disrespected or threatened by President Trump’s comments, claims, or actions. For me, it was the notion of screaming loudly, “We are here, we will stand up for ourselves, and you will hear us.”
As soon as I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I knew the experience would be something that would stay with me forever. People of all different races, ethnicities, and backgrounds surrounded me—and although we appeared so separate, there was a palpable, united, common energy that enveloped the entirety of the marchers.
I had never experienced this before. I felt connected to each and every person that fell in step beside me, danced behind me, and paraded ahead.
Looking around, I knew that these people stood with me, supported me, and believed in our future together.
It was quite simply the most empowering experience of my life.
If you cannot comprehend, cannot understand, why this many people flooded the streets, I am sure you have your reasons. But in my eyes, this was about setting the standard for what we expect from the leader of our nation. We will not let someone represent us who ceaselessly makes comments that objectify and belittle half of the population, reduce people to nothing but the color of their skin, their physical capabilities, or their religion. This was about showing President Trump that we expect, we demand, more.
I am proud to say that I attended Seattle’s Womxn’s March. To all of you that say it was pointless, I can ensure you it was not. I came back from the march knowing more than ever that I have the power, and right, to stand up for what I believe in, and that my voice can be heard. I am the future of America and I will not be silenced.

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