Women’s Marches Around the Country: Personal Accounts
Tuesday November 8th, 2016…a day that will live in recognition for many different reasons for many different people. A day all of us anxiously awaited following numerous debates, controversies, and constant news coverage that dominated both televisions and social media. For me personally, this was the first time that I ever took an interest in politics whatsoever. It was a time that I was genuinely scared for the future of my country. The morning after, I don’t think I will ever be able to fully encompass my feelings and emotions of that dreary Wednesday morning. Trump? Trump was our president? A man who joked about sexual harassment and directly targeted groups of people blaming them for large-scale issues? It felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. I called up my mom at her job and couldn’t hold back the tears that escaped me. I was scared. I was scared for immigrants. I was scared for the LGBTQ community, and most of all, I was scared of being a woman. This passed Saturday however erupted not only a nationwide voice for change and redemption, but a worldwide stance against Trump that heard women’s voices being shouted from the heaven’s and showing the pure power that is the human voice.
Two attendees of these marches happened be my college housemates. I got the chance to ask them about what it was like to be present at these historical marches, and what it felt like to be apart of such a large-scale movement.
“It offered up hope and solidarity. It kind of bought up the shitty spirits I had been having since the election. Change seemed a little bit more possible.”- Holly C. Women’s March in Buffalo, NY.
“This one woman who had spoken to me said the only physical altercation she had encountered that day was somebody tapping on her shoulder to tell her she dropped her granola bar.” Rita A. Women’s March in Washington D.C.
Holly C. and Rita A. expressed how they felt being apart of something big. Something that was going to be remembered for many years to come. It was the first time that they felt like they had power since the election results. The power to make a change and further push the boundaries of what it means to take a stand for one’s rights. Let this be a reminder to not just women of our country, but also our LGBTQ community and the many groups of people who have been facing hostility since the election results; YOUR VOICE MATTERS. If Saturday taught us anything it’s the power that the human voice is capable of, especially on a global scale. With the future of our nation uncertain, let us all not forget this. Let us not forget the power that we behold, and the power we are capable of spreading not only to our peers, but to the farthest corners of the world as well.