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2018 Women’s March (Editorial Op-Ed by RHS Feminist Club)

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“Feminism: (noun) fem·i·nism  the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”.

The feminist movement isn’t a group of bra-burning, man-hating, radical and hysterical women- it is simply fighting for basic human rights. A common misconception is that feminism is a radical movement that promotes making women superior to men, but that’s just not the case.

On January 20th 2018, the second annual Women’s March took place in San Francisco. This empowering event was an inspiring experience for everyone who attended, as well as those who didn’t. As the Feminist Club of RHS, we were honored to take part of the event and experience this unique feeling of unity. With the 55,000 people in San Francisco, along with the millions around the world, we felt supported as we took the steps into the future that we desire–full of equality and liberation.

We did not just march for women; we marched for all underrepresented groups. The marchers were men, women, transgender individuals, people of color, the elderly, the young, and even some dogs. It was inclusive of everyone, a common theme that resonated throughout the day. It was a powerful reminder that feminism is truly a movement for everyone.

Another one of the highlighted themes was the #MeToo movement. Along with pins and marchers in black, many had posters that referenced the movement as well. One person held a poignant sign that read “#MeToo X 3” indicating that she had felt the horror of sexual harassment and abuse three times in her life already. She was only 17 years old. The signs and themes of the day were reminders of the unique female experience that is happening across the country and around the world. Time is up for women to be silenced by powerful men. Along with these outspoken women marching across the world, others united to promise to end prejudices and stereotyping for all people.

Throughout the march, the various people that participated served as a reminder of what the future holds. Everyone was supportive and determined to make this country a better, more inclusive place. The march inspired hope and allowed us to have faith in our future.

 

Picture credit: Olivia Frenkel

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2018 Women’s March (Editorial Op-Ed by RHS Feminist Club)