Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get In Formation
By Adrienne White
In 2017, the Women’s March inspired women into action. Since the 2018 midterm elections, the United States Congress has gotten closer to being representative of the American population with more women and people of color holding positions than ever before.
The Women’s March is a women-led movement that provides intersectional education on a diverse range of issues. Together, hundreds of thousands of people around the world marched in support of the organization’s Unity Principles: ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.
The March is guided by self-determination, dignity, and respect to dismantle systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance. The purpose of the march is to harness the political power of diverse women and build communities that create transformative social change.
The Women’s March believes that we are stronger together. With our voices, we can communicate that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.
This year, I marched for the first time. I attended a sister march that was affiliated with the 2019 #WomensWave Women’s March on January 19th in Salt Lake City, Utah. This sister march was hosted by People for Unity, a student-led political action group that is dedicated to fostering intergenerational connections in order to rally around equity and inclusivity for women and minority groups.
We marched in solidarity to advocate for pay equity, women’s health, family planning, affordable child care, and equal representation. The marchers were people from all walks of life with one common goal: to create a more equitable and just world.
Although the March happens one day per year, we need to get in formation and advocate for these principles throughout the year. Here are some organizations that you can get involved with, organized based off the Women’s March Unity Principles:
Ending Violence: Futures Without Violence
Reproductive Rights: Planned Parenthood
LGBTQIA Rights: Human Rights Campaign
Worker’s Rights: Workplace Fairness
Civil Rights: Amnesty International
Disability Rights: National Disability Rights Network
Immigrant Rights: American Civil Liberties Union
Environmental Justice: Sierra Club