It’s been a year since the 2017 Women’s March, and seems the spirits are still running high. In 2017 hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets of Manhattan as a sister march to the huge group of half a million women that marched in Washington to demand women have equal rights on all playing fields. Women stood up and marched across the country in most states to have their voices, and demands, heard. It wasn’t simply great to see so many women come together, but also great to know that they were all together in solidarity and they could not be ignored.
This year was a wonderful follow up and didn’t disappoint. Following the #MeToo, women are feeling empowered and they know that they are being heard in ways that hasn’t happened before. A year ago, women and men marched across the country the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, it logged in as the largest single-day protest in the history of the United States. This year was not a disappointment. On the day the United States government shutdown women and men empowered by the #MeToo movement and their growing anger at the current administration once again let their feelings be known.
New York City’s march covered over twenty blocks as well as two avenues. The marches included men and women of all ages and races with unique and powerful signs. You can view a collection of some of the best ones at the Huffington Post. The energy was high and participants told reporters that they are prepared to spend the next three years contacting their representatives and marching as many times as necessary to see the changes they not only want, but the country as a whole deserves. The march has now turned into so much more, people had signs showing their disagreement with the political practices on immigration, some concerned with healthcare, racial discrimination, and some concerned with the President’s past sexual misconduct.
One of the most beautiful things was the huge gathering of so many different people who showed attitudes of nothing but inclusivity. Everyone was after the same things, fairness and equality across the board, and the crowd showed their message through their actions. Those that have been working hard for change are aware that this sort of thing takes lots of time, it is, after all, a marathon, not a sprint, but one day the race will be won.