We started 2017 with a new President of the United States and one of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history. Yes, I’m talking about the Women’s March on Washington that took place on January 21, 2017. If anyone has been living under a rock or not watching television this past week then you missed this extraordinary event and a grassroots demonstration of the power of social media.

More than 5 million people worldwide marched in solidarity to show that women’s rights are human rights. People of all ages, genders, races and sexual orientation came out in full force all over the country for the event. More than one million people marched in Washington, D.C. and here in New Jersey satellite marches took place throughout the state. They were joined by supporters in locations around the world, in support of the march in the US.

In Washington, D.C. and the other cities, marchers in pink hats and carrying homemade signs gathered to protest President Trump’s disparagement of women, minorities and immigrants. There was enormous support by a variety of people, including celebrities and politicians. The purpose of the march was to stand together against injustice and send a message to the new president about women’s rights and civil rights. It was an incredible experience to see grandmothers, mothers and children stand together in support of all women.

The Women’s March on Washington has historical ties to the early women’s suffrage movement. Women’s suffrage is entwined with other significant moments in our nation’s history, including the abolition of slavery and the fight for workers’ rights and children’s rights. These events have influenced both politics and the government.

In 1913, on the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, thousands of suffragists gathered in D.C., demanding the right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement was a hard fought and significant part of this nation’s history. These women led the way for the creation of the 19th Amendment and the progression of other rights.

As women continue to fight for their rights and equal opportunities, the Women’s March served as an excellent reminder of the power we have as women, and as an opportunity to continue to battle for equality in the future. We all are women, all sisters!

To remain involved with this cause and continue to make your voice heard, consider visiting the Women’s March website and support the 10 ACTIONS/ 100 DAYS Campaign @ https://www.womensmarch.com

 

We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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