The Women’s March on Seattle

The Women’s March on Seattle

By Sydney Friend Sifferman

 

The Women’s March on Seattle brought together people of every gender, race, and religion to show their passion for women’s rights. The march was expected to be the third largest Women’s March around the world, following the marches in D.C. and L.A. According to Q13 FOX, there were over 175,000 people at the march in Seattle, which greatly exceeded the number of people expected to march.

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At the march, we decided to ask people why they were marching. Here are what some fellow marchers said:

“The election of Trump was surprising. I stand for progressive politics and everything has been rolled back now. I want my kids to grow up in progressive society.”

“I have twin boys at age 13 and the choices that Trump has the potential to make will affect their future of going to war, and that is something that I am scared of and want to fight for.”

“I really don’t like Trump at all. He’s tearing down healthcare and women’s rights. My mom went down to the south to protest women’s rights all of her life and she passed away a little while back so now I am honoring her and her activism. Rights denied are rights denied. The time to do something is now.”

“I came to support my fellow women, and standing up for my gay rights as well. I want to exercise the right to silent protest against Trump.”

“I am really passionate about women’s rights and how the President will affect the world. We won’t be discriminated or be shut down. Our voices count. ”

“I am marching in support of my fellow women and to also protest Trump to show that I don’t agree with what’s going on.”

“I’m almost 50 and I’ve had luxury of standing on the generations before me, but now I must speak out that we are moving backwards in time. We must stand up for everything that we have worked so hard for.”

“I came today just because looking at the election and having Trump’s campaign based on racism, bigotry, and misogyny goes against American values, and I am not okay with that. There is a loud majority that will hold him accountable.”

“We came just because everything that is going on. We wanted to make the point that women’s rights are human rights. There is also so much hate in the world and we wanted to show that there is still love.”

“We believe there should be justice for everyone for every race, religion, and gender. We are speaking out against hate.”

“I am marching because I am genuinely scared and today is the first time that I feel safe because of all the strong women here today. Trump should be scared of all of us.”

“I’m out here because I don’t think our representatives are representing who we are and who I am, and I don’t think they have any right taking away the rights we already worked so hard for.”

I decided to come because while Trump is my president, he works for me, and I want him to know how I think he’s doing. I can’t just sit by and be silent.”

“I want to have my voice heard. Women can do whatever they want with their bodies and that needs to be something Trump understands.”

This is what it looks like to fight for fundamental rights. Women’s rights are human rights, and together, we rise. 

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