The Women’s March, originally the Million Women March, was a protest held on Jan. 21 across the world to show solidarity and unity among women, their partners, and children for equity and civil rights. Over 5 million individuals worldwide and over one million in Washington, D.C. participated during the event. For this three-part series on the Women’s March, May Ramos, past editor-in-chief and former national president, and Xiomara Santana, a staff writer and collegiate sister from the University of Iowa share their experiences of the event. In the final part of the series, we feature more sisters who share why they march.
By May “Mosaic” Ramos, Contributing Writer
During the Women’s March on Washington, I was proud to stand by fellow sorors who were passionate about making their voices heard and standing up for what they believed in. In the statements below, they each share their motivations behind joining the historic event.
Huong “Theory” Van
“We are at a critical juncture in our society where our moral compass seems to be eroding as a whole. This has happened before in history and what has helped bring the pendulum back to some sort of ‘normal’ semblance is a collective effort of dissent. Take a look at the Vietnam War – the rallying cry of the public accelerated the end of the war.
One of the best ways to feel control, contribution, and catharsis is through protest. The march is important since it represents so much more then women’s rights. The right to assemble and protest in this country and in this city is a privilege that not even some in our own country can’t exercise safely. So I am using my body, my voice, and my heart to stand up against the injustices domestically and abroad. To stand up against the bigger machines working against the underrepresented and the disenfranchised. I’m marching to create a level playing field. I’m marching to create a better America for my future children.
As Dr. Martin Luther King famously once said, ‘In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.'”
Melissa “solaris” Duong
“Because ignorance is not an option.”
Angie ” Gravitee” Marable
“Malala Yousafzai is an inspirational young woman and human rights activist who once said, ‘If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?’ We are at a place in history where men (with questionable intent) still hold so much power over what women and girls perceive that they can do as they navigate through society. From what we study in school, to how we dress, speak, or manage our healthcare – there are men telling us what they think is appropriate. This March is a chance for us as women to collectively say, ‘This is what we want for ourselves,’ and it’s a chance for our allies to support us in that declaration.”
Christine “ECKO” Ho
“Staying silent in times of injustice against women and minorities and when so many people seem to be misguided is not only a disservice to myself, but also to my many friends from different backgrounds. Perseverance with evidence of conviction will do more to change the world than silence.”
Tatiana “Platinum” Nelthrope
“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity (according to Albert Einstein). I refuse to model that behavior for my children and I march so they won’t fear their own voices.”
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