Ever since Donald Trump became President-elect, many Americans have had a lot to process.
Between the various groups Trump has offended, to his message, I think it’s safe to say there’s been a lot of anger, bargaining, and depression since November 8th.
Unlike the final step of grief, the disenfranchised have done everything but succumb to acceptance. Trump’s win, in a way, has energized groups to stand up for the rights they feel are in jeopardy, and, come to find out, women are leading the charge.
According to the Washington Examiner, as many as a fifth of the expected one million visitors attending Donald Trump’s inauguration will be there in protest. Although Trump won more electors, he lost the popular vote by a greater margin than any US President in history.
Women feeling left in the cracks of the gaping margin are now up and in arms to defend their basic rights. One look at Trump’s past you would understand why people feel threatened.
Throughout his campaign, we’ve heard Trump allude to unspecified punishments for women who try to have an abortion.
We saw how, in the second debate against Clinton, he stalked her, prowling behind her, imposing himself — a bigger and stronger self– as she winced through her answers, visibly uncomfortable.
Not to mention having a VP in Mike Pence who once said on the record, “I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history.”
Just last night at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep — who is arguably one of the most respected and decorated women in Hollywood — even took time aside to address Trump.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
Like Streep, many women feel like they have to do something.
Originally billed as the Million Women March, the Women’s March on Washington, which was established after the news of the election came in, released this statement on their site, explaining what exactly the fight is intended towards.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us — women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault,” they wrote. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
Explaining their message further.
“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
Chron reports that the protest is poised to be the largest demonstration associated with the inauguration of Donald Trump.
More than 150,000 people have responded to the march’s Facebook page, saying that they plan to attend the event. Some 1,000 buses are scheduled to carry protesters to Washington.
The inauguration is scheduled for Friday, January 20th. And while we’ll be getting a new President, it will not go without the voices of women reminding him who will be there to stand up to him, every step of the way.