Last Saturday women marched together in groups of thousands across the U.S and the world. This is the second anniversary of the Women’s March which has attracted millions of women and men alike in protests following the inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump on January 2019.
The Women’s March, a national non-profit organization, stemmed from the first Washington march. They held a main affair in Washington that was joined by hundreds of “sister” marches that were organized in other cities. Cities that participated simultaneously are Baltimore, Boston, Denver, and Houston which were coordinated by a separate grassroots coalition called March On.
Among the issues that the leaders of the groups are pushing for are policies that are more connected to voting rights, access to reproductive healthcare, and increased minimum wage. The organization is urging women to vote in the upcoming 2020 elections in which Trump is predicted to be the possible Republican presidential candidate.
In Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, remarked that the 2017 march was the most powerful political moment for her. She is urging women to take part and speak up to enable the democracy to work.
Last week, Gillibrand, launched her bid for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. The state of Iowa serves as the proofing ground for White House Hopefuls. It is also where the first nomination contest is held.
The initial march that happened two years ago gave people hope that things will change for the better — changes like the 2018 elections that has the greatest number of women who have been elected to the U.S. Congress.
Witnessing several minorities triumph in the midterm elections is inspiring people everywhere. These elected women, mostly Democrats, include the first Native American women and the first Muslim women in Congress. There were also the first black women to represent their State of New England.
When asked, one of the reasons most of these women were persuaded to run for office was because of Trump’s presidency.
Women’s March leaders are trying hard to dismiss the allegations that they are anti-Semitic. This issue has caused a division with cities like Washington and New York where more than one demonstration was organized. Both leaders of Women’s March and March On are saying that each of them has different roles to fill and the division in leadership does not diminish the movement as a whole.
There is also disapproval as to why Tamika Mallory, a leader of Women’s March, is being held to a higher standard than Trump and other white male leaders. Mallory has met backlash previously for her show of support to Louis Farrakhan who is the leader of Nation of Islam.
Another criticism the movement faces is their confrontation with conservative women who oppose abortion rights and oftentimes support Trump’s presidency. There was also the March for Life, that was organized by anti-abortion campaigners. Vice President Mike Pence attended the event last Friday, in Washington.