—Sydney Gaff, Co-Head Web Editors—
The end of 2016 contained a unique election that was definitely one for the record books. In the end, Donald J. Trump did come out on top as the 45th President; however, during his campaign he did offend many groups of people including women, different races, people of other faiths than his own (such as Muslims), and people that identify as LGBTQIA as well as many others.
Out of this election, the Women’s March on Washington was born. The Women’s March on Washington represents the people that feel especially fearful for their rights and freedoms during this new administration, and this is not just women but people of all genders, races, faiths, and sexualities.
The mission of the march is to deliver the message to the new government on its first day that women’s rights (as well as rights for many other people) are human rights too, in a large and bold way. This march is to bring different people of all types and from all walks of life together, as a way to stand up for human rights and equity for all.
A major misconception about the march is that it is solely an anti-Trump march, which is not the case. This march was catalyzed by Trump’s comments and agenda, but it is not to just protest his Presidency, but more so to protest and bring these major human rights issues forward during this time in Washington. Human rights issues need to brought forward because it is not just the new President that feels this way towards select groups of people, but there are also his supporters and the people that voted him into office in the first place.
Speaking as someone that experienced the march first hand, it was evident just how much support it was going to receive from the moment I got to the Metro station in Tysons Corner. There was so much energy just on the platform waiting for the train, and once it came it was absolutely packed at standing room only, and that is if you could squeeze on! While I had to wait for a few trains,I finally got on and made my way into Washington D.C.
As soon as I got off the train and onto the platform at the station it was absolutely packed with people. The station was filled with signs, chants, and energy as everyone was ready to get outdoors. Once outside the crowds didn’t die down for a second, and the chants and signs were just as prominent as in the Metro.
Down by the capital is where both the rally and the march started, and the march would continue down to the White House.
The entire march carried an overwhelming feeling of sisterhood and camaraderie throughout the course of it. Throughout the peaceful protest, everyone was friends with everyone and anyone was willing to help anyone, and that just radiated through the masses.
In the end this march made a statement in a large way with having numbers that exceeded the Inauguration in DC, as well as marches all over the United States as well as the world! By the end of the day the march well surpassed it’s goal in numbers, but also surpassed it’s goal in spreading the message of equality amongst the US and the world. This is not just a one time event this march was a start of a movement that will continue for years until equality is achieved.
All photos courtesy of Sydney Gaff