Following Trump’s inauguration, a new era for women’s rights was triggered. Millions of enraged and disappointed protestors gathered on Jan. 21 2017 to fight for women’s rights as being part of human rights.
The march started in Washington and then spread all across the U.S., only to later reach countries worldwide, as organizers from different areas coordinated their protests. This is a cause that Trump has repeatedly opposed in public with his demeaning and offensive rhetoric towards women.
The march became a worldwide center of news. Altogether, millions of people marched in the hopes of adopting policies favorable to women’s rights. Many foresaw this protest as a one-time thing, as a fight that would end as soon as people left the streets and went back home and as soon as Trump’s election became a “so yesterday” topic.
However, one year later, on Jan. 20, 2018 – the anniversary of the 2017 march – even more enraged protesters took to the streets again. The fight was not forgotten. Banners were still held up, voices were still loud, and anger was still present. Women returned more empowered than ever.
“People were pretty damn mad last year and they’re pretty damn mad this year,” stated the co-president of the Women’s March board. This doesn’t come as a surprise considering the many poor outcomes that Trump’s election has brought to people, and especially to women’s lives.
“We’re still here” was one of the many messages that could be found on the banners, insisting that women’s rights fighters are not going anywhere anytime soon.
What also stimulated the return of the march was the #MeToo movement and the sexually harassed women that have shared and continue to now, more than ever, share the different atrocities they have experienced. Many female celebrities, such as Salma Hayek, have recently stood up against their sexual harassers, encouraging others to speak out.
Because such a cause is universal and is strongly opposed by Donald Trump up until today, the fight will go on. For as long as inequalities and injustices remain, protesters will continue to march down the streets and demand the rights that are not but should be there.
This cause is not one to fade out with the new year. As long as women’s rights are not reflected within the new policies, women and men will continue their fights and the march will turn into a yearly tradition that will hopefully reach its long-end goals as it gradually continues to grow as an international cause.
Trump’s election might have been a nightmare for women but it served as a trigger that made them more united than ever.