March on Washington promotes human rights

January 19, 2017

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The Women’s March on Washington will take place this Saturday, Jan. 21. The rally will begin at 10 a.m. and the march will begin at 1:15 p.m. No ticket is required to participate in the event celebrating and promoting human and women’s rights. Celebrities, artists, community leaders, and everyday citizens will be in attendance. The Women’s March states that the event is “for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.”

 

Pleasant Valley student Ethan Bettis is attending the march with community member Sherry O’Keefe.

 

“As a member of one of the minorities that the march represents, I think it is my job and a moral responsibility to be there for those who can’t attend,” Bettis said.   

 

The purpose of the march is to promote the rights of women and all people, despite differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and social class. The march website explains the desire for reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and ending violence.

 

The modern idea of feminism dates back to the early 1900s during the suffrage movement and ratification of 19th Amendment. This was the first time that women were given the same rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a government election as men.

 

The march takes place after another monumental occasion; the inauguration ceremony for Donald Trump.

 

According to Rolling Stone, 17 percent of Trump’s cabinet members are female, making a majority of the female population feel underrepresented. Trump’s past comments towards women have been noted as misogynistic and crass.

 

“Hopefully it will leave a big impact on our leaders and those across the country who see it or participate in smaller marches. There were people in this past election whose voices were not heard so we want to represent them,” Bettis said.

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