Women march throughout the globe to fight for equality.

Amara Rivera, Staff Writer

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On January 20, 2018, the Women’s March took place all over the country, in thousands of cities. The Women’s March was established in 1913. According to their website, it is stated, “The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.”

The website also states, “Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”

Each of the marches carried the same determination and unity as the next. All types of women, with different background’s, lifestyles, interests came together with one goal in mind, to fight for equality and respect.

Only a month in 2018 and the United States has already had multiple high profile sexual harassment/assault accusations brought to the public eye. Such as, Harvey Weinstein (American Film Producer), Larry Nassar (USA Gymnastics team doctor), Steve Wynn (Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO), Mario Testino (High-End fashion photographer), James Franco (Actor). The list goes on and on. According to Time, there have been one hundred and twenty two trade marked names in Hollywood accused of sexual assault or harassment. One-hundred and twenty-two, just in Hollywood, not including our own President Donald Trump who has been accused of sexual misconduct multiple times.

According to RAINN, every ninety-eight seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Every eight minutes a child is sexually assaulted. To make it worse, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

Situations like these have brought together women all over the country, even young students to fight for the respect that everyone deserves.

This year the march took place in thirty-four countries. Which only goes to show, that women throughout the world are fighting back against Gender Bias,

Like Phoebe San Pedro, who attended the San Diego Women’s March. San Pedro said, “The march was overwhelmingly amazing. Being surrounded by a sea of people who stood up for love and equality was breathtaking!”

When asked what was one thing she took from the march, San Pedro said “From the march, I realized how many people felt the same way I do. The thing I will keep near to my heart is that there is always someone with an open heart willing to help others and make a difference in the world.”

San Pedro also went on to describe the march using the three words; unity, inspiring, and powerful.

The Women’s March has influenced many all over the globe. Campaigns like #MeToo about people who have been sexually assualted, harrassed, etc. are going viral. Another campaign going viral, is Times Up. Where celebrities and women in power are saying Times Up to the old ways where men ave the better pay and job. They say the future is female.

There are many ways to get involved in the organizations. You can go to these websites; Women’s March, MeToo, Times Up . They tell you ways you can help by volunteering, donating, or making posters, etc.

As we settle into the new year, it is safe to assume this is the year for change and accountablity.

 

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