What’s Next After the Women’s March
The Women’s March on Washington along with various Sister Marches occurred on January 21; just one day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. The march promoted pro-choice beliefs as well as equality for minorities of all types. With such a substantial turnout worldwide, the powerful women behind the marches decided that they could do more than just march. The future plans being:
- 10 Actions/100 Days: The Women’s March leaders proposed that people continue to take action during Trump’s first 100 days in office. Through this idea, the website womensmarch.com encourages people to find new ways to call attention to important issues. As of now, only the first three actions have been released:
– Action One: Write a letter to your senators about what matters to you.
– Action Two: Huddle with community members to discuss the process towards change.
– Action Three: Attend a ‘Hear Our Voice’ event to talk to local politicians.
- #DivestDAPL: This hashtag is used to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is a highly controversial topic at this time. The movement has to do with defunding and divesting banks that have supported the construction of the pipeline on indigenous peoples’ land. It also acknowledges the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, who actively participate in protesting the pipeline’s construction.
- A Day Without A Woman: On March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day, women will not participate in paid or unpaid labor and will wear red to show solidarity. The women participating will not shop at any business, unless the business is women- or minority-owned. The goals of these particular actions are to show the impact women make on society and what happens when they are removed from it.
- #GrabYourWallet: This movement, similar to #DivestDAPL, encourages its followers to boycott businesses that have ties with Trump.
Along with these movements Women’s March leader, Linda Sarsour, a Muslim-American, has partnered with other Muslims to fund repairs of a defaced Jewish cemetery. This was part of the ongoing movement to help destroy the stigma that all Muslims are extremists.
It is a captivating time to focus on politics since it directly affects all of our livelihoods. If there is something happening that you feel strongly about, know that you do have a voice and can make a difference.