Scores of women took to the streets of major American cities to show the way for a revolutionary wave of protests against US President Donald Trump, denouncing the new leader a day after his inauguration at the White House. Women activists, roiled by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and misogynistic behavior, led powerful marches and sympathy rallies in the US and around the globe on Saturday. The protestors voiced strong disapproval of Trump’s policies and comments towards different groups, including Muslims, Mexican immigrants, environmentalists and the disabled.
Slogans like “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go” and “We need a real leader, not a creepy tweeter” were waved across the streets, with women spearheading the protest wearing “pussy hats” as a reference to Trump’s boast about grabbing women by their genitals in a video in 2005. About half a million participants were drawn to the protests, including men and women from all backgrounds and orientations. A group of generation Xers from Pittsburgh also waved slogans as a part of the vehement protest.
Inside this international movement, some women fretted that other women would be given undue priority, while some men brooded for direct address at all times. The radical reason of this mass protest resides in the misogynistic behavior of the new president, who has maligned and degraded women before assuming the presidency. The protestors took pleasure in sharing a platform with people from diverse backgrounds to voice their opinions against the new president.
Protestors have differing approaches to influence the new administration; some women wore white and blue sashes that read “dissent is patriotic”. Rainbow flags and homemade signs of love and peace filled the air as women clamored through the streets. Marchers were hoping to create a positive vibe of free speech and democracy. They expressed their desire for an affordable and quality-driven healthcare system, and demanded fair treatment of women in workplaces.
Radically, the march emerged from a call to action post-election on Facebook to a systematized effort by several powerful activists, including actors Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, and America Ferrera, singer Katy Perry and feminist Gloria Steinem. Planned Parenthood, NAACP, the American Federation of Teachers, and other left-leaning groups joined the protest. Mass protests were also organized by women against Trump in London, Sydney, Tokyo and many other cities across Asia and Europe.
The Women’s March aligns middle-class, straight women with all the glad people standing beside them and marching to claim their rights to self-determination. The coming-together of this large group is radically possible if Trump’s administration show insensitivity to them.