The Women’s March


Nora Cooper, Writer

On January 21, Over one million people gathered in Washington and in cities around the country and the world as a loud and strong answer to the inauguration of Donald Trump. What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small. Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Seattle, Orlando, Miami, Denver, Portland, Nashville, Austin, Toronto, Paris, and London are only a small fraction of the number of cities that had women’s marches.

The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated. On Sunday, Metro officials announced that Saturday was the second busiest day in the Washington subway system’s history, with 1,001,613 trips. (By contrast, on Trump’s Inauguration Day, the system recorded 570,557 trips.)

These protests were meant to shed a light on government officials attempts to control women’s bodies by banning abortions, as well as show support for women of color, Muslim women and immigrants.

On Sunday Morning, Trump fired back on Twitter: “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.” Later, he tweeted a more conciliatory take on the marches. “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

The enormity of the protests has led the march to have a place in history, but it has also created backlash.

Since the march, right- wing and anti- Muslim sites have launched attacks on a Muslim organizer of the protest, Linda Sarsour.

In the days since the Washington protest ― where Sarsour delivered a powerful five-minute speech to a crowd of half a million people ― The Daily Caller, FrontPageMag, The American Thinker and The Gateway Pundit, plus a slew of anti-Muslim hate sites, published disparaging articles about Sarsour.

Other’s claim that the marches priorities were wrong, with David Brooks of the New York Times saying, “On Saturday, the anti-Trump forces could have offered a red, white and blue alternative patriotism, a modern, forward-looking patriotism based on pluralism, dynamism, growth, racial and gender equality and global engagement.

“Instead, the marches offered the pink hats, an anti-Trump movement built, oddly, around Planned Parenthood, and lots of signs with the word “pussy” in them.”