In time past, reforms and breakthroughs in national policies have been preceded by activism marches. It looks like the days of Montgomery Bus Boycott may be returning with women at the center of a national protest, as Women’s March 2018 is creating so much momentum and sister marches are joining in commemoration from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Women’s March is a movement that started in 2017 following the election of President Donald Trump. It was characterized by “Women-led protests against Trump, that U.S. policy would be based on the principle of “America first,” and were also staged as sister marches in Sydney, London, Tokyo and other cities across Europe and Asia.” As stated in this report by reuters. These “U.S. marches and sympathy rallies around the world… drew nearly 5 million protesters in all.” they said.
According to the organizers, the mission of ‘Women’s March’ is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Right now, they are counting their wins as a result of the inclusion of more marginalized people in leadership. To these women, the fight is not just about them, is about inclusiveness.
This year took it to the next level with the numbers of participants escalating and giving the march a theme. They are practically turning the movement into an actual strategy, calling this year’s theme ‘Power to the Polls’.
“The national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressive candidates to office.”, Women’s March shared on their website.
Some of the popular words on the placards held by the women during the march read: ‘Me too’ ‘Time’s up’ ‘Welcome Refugees’ ‘The future is female’.
Industry Leaders were represented in this year Women’s March held on the 20th and 21st January. Academy Award winner Viola Davis’ speech has been trending from the march in DC. See her speech below