Keith Stone co-editor-in-chief
There is no question that the Women’s March of Jan. 21, 2017 was a game changer. Record turnouts for rallies across the country meant that over one in every 100 Americans came out to show their vehement opposition to many of the expected policies of the Donald Trump White House. Not only did this massive crowd of more than 4.6 million men, women and children stop traffic, but it also turned heads all over the world. By the time the day of the march had concluded, every continent on Earth had some form of a protest or rally in keeping with the feminist spirit.
People, as always, have had mixed responses to this protest. As expected, liberals hailed it as a sign of the rising tide of American resistance to Trump. Even more predictably, conservatives have lambasted the protesters for blocking traffic, making a general nuisance and having no effect. In this case however, the conservatives could not be more wrong.
In one day, the now sworn-in President of the United States got a loud and clear message that he is not supported by many, many people. More importantly, women all over America got the opposite message that they are supported. In an era when our commander-in-chief has repeatedly slammed women for their looks, menstrual cycles and lack of intelligence, this march was a slap in the face to the growing tide of misogyny that Trump has ridden for months. The sheer number of protesters in Washington, D.C., easily trumped (pun intended) the crowd at the inauguration, further emphasizing to the world that Trump’s less than 40 percent approval rating is not just a calculating error. He is truly not liked.
Senior Max Yera, who attended the march, summed it up perfectly: “This march seemed to show that in our increasingly progressive world, when a man like Trump who appears to want to turn back the clock on such social liberalism, wins the presidency, people will not stand idly by. It showed that beyond merely complaining, people are willing to leave their homes and even travel relatively far distances to act together in a civil, democratic manner.”
On this day which will go down in history and appear in history textbooks, men and women of all races united to say that they will not be dismissed or overlooked.