Women across America, and the world, stood together in marches that were held to highlight the protection of women’s rights and social equality.
Protests against a Trump presidency and all the steps backward that it could end up meaning for women’s rights drew out crowds of millions of women and men from everywhere to peacefully express their unrest. Washington D. C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, Paris, London and India are just a few of the cities and countries that stood up against sexism, racism and gender inequality.
The women’s movement has been somewhat of a fringe issue for the black community due to its origins primarily aiming to elevate white women, often excluding and overlooking issues that women of color face. In today’s continuing fights for equality, intersectionality is find more and more of a place in the movement, as more and more women of color make their voices heard. Over the weekend, some of those women included familiar faces like Angela Davis, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janelle Monae, Uzo Aduba and more- all standing together to bring light to the issues that face women, and more specifically women of color, in America.
“The freedom and struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter,” said Angela Davis in her speech over the weekend.
Kerry Washington made sure to remind crowds that each and every one of them matters. “When you go back home tonight… and you feel like ‘Wow, there is an agenda at work to make me feel like I don’t matter, because I’m a woman my voice doesn’t matter, because I’m a person of color my voice doesn’t matter, because I’m an immigrant, because I’m a member of the LGBTQ community, because I’m an old person, because I’m a young person… because I have a fucking voice, I don’t matter.’ You matter.”
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What an incredible day across our country and our world. So proud to be a woman; a peaceful, powerful, woman with a voice! And what a joy to experience today with @YaraShahidi (the next generation). I am so moved by the warmth, connection and clarity I felt today! #OnlyTheBeginning @WomensMarch #womensmarchLA
I don't get starstruck much – I just don't. When it's Angela Davis, #fangirl. In my youth, this woman shaped my thinking, awareness, vision in the deepest, to-the-core way – a lighthouse along the journey to this incredible day. "The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music." #ResistanceInOurArt – yes, Captain. #WomensMarchWashington ✊
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