By: Daniela Tovar
The Women’s March occurred on Jan. 21. It was a march that represented not only women’s rights, but LGBT rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality. The march happened all over the world, but the one in America was what started it all. This march was targeted towards President Donald J. Trump, who had his inauguration on Jan. 20, and his policies.
Even with his win in the presidential race, many groups of people do not feel safe with Trump as president. During Trump’s campaign for the presidency, many people found his language choice “constantly insulted, belittled, sexualized and stereotyped women”. However, Trump simply called his choice of words “locker room talk”, and nothing more than that.
After the exchange of words at his rallies, Trump introduced us to Mike Pence, whom the vice president would be. Mike Pence came off with a strong ideology of pro-life and anti-LGBT, both key things that the Women’s March was fighting for.
Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood completely, and he also wants to put a ban on abortions. Planned Parenthood is the country’s largest health care provider for women. It doesn’t just perform abortions. These abortions are also not being funded by the money given to them by the government. Defunding Planned Parenthood denies many women of health services at an affordable price and eliminates a woman’s right to choose- whether that be having a child or being able to get contraceptives to prevent that.
Many people feel as if their rights are going to be taken away or that the divide in the America will become deeper between minority groups and the government.
A few of the problems that were highlighted due to this march include: the fact that on average, women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, and that goes down depending on the color of one’s skin, minority groups are being targeted now more than ever, the voices of the people are being ignored, many people agree that the minimum wage should be increased to $15, women in low income areas are usually the ones working in a fast food joint, thus gaining the minimum wage of $7.25, etc.
In an interview with CNN, Trump spoke about minimum wage,”I would say 10. I would say 10,” Trump agreed, “But with the understanding that somebody like me is going to bring back jobs. I don’t want people to be in that $10 category for very long. But the thing is, Bill, let the states make the deal.”
The choices in Trump’s cabinet and his personal statements have caused much disturbance within the community. Since his election, many Americans fear for the future of this country and the loss of progress that took decades, if not centuries, to establish.