A day after Donald Trump took office as the President of the United States of America, millions of women in the US marched to Washington DC in a show of strength and with a will to be heard. They were not alone; women across the world demonstrated their solidarity with the cause, with marches being held in Europe and other countries as well. These women are standing up for vibrant and diverse communities, for the safety of their families, and for the protection of their rights.
The one thing that all women across the world understand is that while the playing field is not even, and it never has been, someday, it will. And till we get there, we will not stop hoping or fighting for it.
Donald Trump's stand on multiple issues, such as abortion, healthcare, gay rights, diversity, and even climate change, have riled many Americans, especially women. Trump had earned the ire of women during the election campaign for his ‘pussy grabbing’ locker room chat and the disrespect he has shown to women in his speeches and debates. His ‘nasty woman’ aimed at Hillary Clinton during the debate is a classic example. His rant on Meryl Streep after her Emmy speech is another.
With millions of women marching today, not just in DC and the US, but across the world, this is truly history in the making. It is probably a bigger event than Donald Trump's taking office a day before. By marching in DC and blocking the road to the White House, women have sent across a strong message to the new US President.
For all those who have not been a part of any of the marches, social media has provided an opportunity to pledge their support. Here are some snippets of the march that talk about why women are marching, the message that they want to share and what they want to change:
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For decades, even centuries, women have been fighting for their rights; the March is one of the bigger battles. The women rose to the challenge and have made their presence felt. The ball is now in Trump's court, and all eyes are on the White House. What will be his next move - will he turn a deaf ear? If so, then the volume of noise will have to be amplified.
But the other important question is - what are the next steps? It is important that the voices are not forgotten. How does this march turn into a movement that will make a visible impact? That is the next big question.