By Angie “Gravitee” Marable, Contributing Writer
No matter your political affiliation, one thing is for certain: the recent presidential election has shed light on the need for civic engagement, and has inspired many to participate in discourse and advocacy efforts surrounding issues faced by various marginalized communities. The Women’s March on Washington is an event where women and their advocates across the nation will voice their concerns about women’s rights and issues.
The event is the start of a grassroots effort that has grown from the guiding principle “women’s rights are human rights,” regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. With a campaign season that has attacked the safety, security and rights of many of these intersecting identities, it is easy to see why uniting under a common cause would be a great opportunity to show support for each other while amplifying the voice of concern for the many issues held common to these groups.
The national organizers have stated, “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families ─ recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
Whether it is women’s rights to safe and affordable reproductive healthcare, closing the gender wage gap, addressing violence against women, advocating for representation in STEM fields, or something else entirely, this is a moment to bring awareness to these issues that we as women leaders hold in high importance.
Delta Phi Lambda alumnae in the Washington D.C. area plan to participate in the march, design t-shirts to sell, and donate the proceeds to a women’s health or educational organization. We would love for you to join us! If distance is a barrier, please check out the official Facebook event page, where there are links to each state’s individual efforts. Some state groups are offering help with discounts for travel and/or are organizing local events.
Updates about the alumnae’s plans and event details over the coming weeks will be posted in the national Delta Phi Lambda Facebook group as they develop. As of now, the detailed logistics of the event are still unfolding, but the organizers anticipate nearly 200,000 participants.
If you would like to participate, volunteer to help with T-shirt designs, or just need more information, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the official website of The Women’s March at www.womensmarch.com.
To RSVP, go to the official Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991.
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