This past Saturday, millions of women around the world gathered to fight for women's rights and equality. On Facebook I saw friends participating all over this country, from Seattle to Boston, to the original DC march. I even saw peers posting internationally, from the UK and France.
These months since the election have been difficult, as many women in America are faced with the loss of health care and the defunding of important programs such as Planned Parenthood. Young girls will be growing up in a country that is lead by a president who openly speaks of sexual assault and harassment as if it is the norm. In light of these fears, the opportunity to come together with 175,000 feminist women and men in my city alone was truly incredible. It was more than funny posters and witty lines, it was the feeling that we are not alone in this struggle and that together women can make the change we need to see.
My hope is that this march is effective. While I struggle to imagine it will influence the president or his crew of misogynists, at the very least we as marchers should use it as an opportunity to influence ourselves. Be inspired by your own participation to go further. Volunteer with organizations that will be harmed by Trump's legislation, whether that be Planned Parenthood, NARAL, or even environmental organizations. Give your time to helping others with less privilege than yourself, and stay active in the political process while being mindful of intersectionality and considering the concerns of minorities. Know that simply seeing the march on the news will not be enough to break the deep roots of sexism in our society. Avoid "slacktivism" and go through with your promises to make progress in real ways.