People March For Women’s Rights

A group of protesters hold signs before a women's march during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency in San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP.

A group of protesters hold signs before a women’s march during the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency in San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP.

By Victoria Mescall

Circulation Manager & Staff Reporter

On Jan. 21, a total of more than one million men, women, and children over all who marched in Washington D.C and all across the nation with sister protests in support of women’s rights.

Demonstrations included marchers, speakers, chanters and protest poster art stretching across both hemispheres in support of an array of social issues.

“I think it’s important to stand up for what you believe in and by attending a march I was able to do that,” said sophomore Courtney MacDonald. “I marched for equal rights and it was amazing to see how many people came out to do the same.”

Protesters flooded the streets of Connecticut’s capital with an estimated turnout of 10,000 people for the march on Saturday.

The Washington D.C. rally alone attracted close to 500,000 people according to city officials. The march turned out to be one of the biggest demonstrations in the city’s history and no arrests were reported.

“The Women’s March was a peaceful protest for men, women and children across the world to raise their voices in support of Women’s Rights and in support of protecting fundamental human rights,” said sophomore Nicole Bettinelli. “The hope was to let our new administration know that the rights of all people matter and that certain policies may effect many peoples’ lives.”

One of the trademarks of the march was the protest artwork associated with it’s message. Marchers wielded signs of all shapes, kinds, and sorts, which sported slogans from love, to outrage, to humor.

Due to the historic size and message of the protest, curators from art galleries and libraries across the country are collecting remnants of the protest artwork. Displays of posters, buttons, and pink knitted hats will adorn collections on political history in the coming years.

However, the Women’s March did draw some conflicting opinions. In one instance, a knitting shop in Tennessee published a statement asking that if patrons were purchasing yarn to knit hats for the march, that they take their business elsewhere. This press release drew large backlash online.

“If even one person felt supported or became educated from the Women’s March then I would call it a success,” said junior Thomas Ketcham.

Students both male and female participated in the Stamford Women’s March in Connecticut to advocate for the rights of women everywhere.

“As a man I wanted to go the Women’s March to voice my concern and show my support to all the women across the world. The issue of equality for women is major issue that needs to be addressed by both sexes,” said Ketcham. “I hoped that this march would bring the issue to light and make Washington entertain the conversation about women’s rights. We need to make the world a better place for our mothers, sisters and daughters so that’s why I marched.”

Some students participated because their academic majors corresponded with the necessity and recognition of equal rights.

“As a social work major I know that much of my future career will be to support underrepresented people. The March was very inspirational and left me feeling hopeful for the future and supported my belief that all people’s voices matter,” said Bettinelli.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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