The Woman’s March took place January 21, 2017, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. It was originally the Woman’s March on Washington but quickly became a worldwide march. Reaching all seven continents, approximately 4.8 million people from all around the world participated.
In Washington alone there was at least 500,000 participants making it the largest political protest since the anti Vietnam War protest that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. It was reported that 673 marches occurred all over the world, one even reaching Antarctica. Within the U.S. some of the cities that participated were Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Pittsburg, Portland, Seattle and many more.
So what exactly caused such an up rise in people all around the world?
What is it they were marching for?
And if it’s called a Woman’s March, why exactly did men attend?
One of the biggest factors for this march was the outcome of the election. There were many negative emotions in correlation to the outcome of the 2016 election. Trump being elected president after making many outrages, inappropriate, and misogynistic statements and his questionable political views among particular groups of people. People were concerned about their rights not being protected so they gathered and marched to show the president they wouldn’t stand for his intolerance and ignorance.
According to Meridith McGraw, the goal of this march was “Protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
People from all over the globe gathered to protect human rights, woman’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, racial equality, workers rights, freedom of religion, immigration reform, health care reform, and environmental protection. This was more than just a march for woman. It was a march for groups of people that feel targeted by Trump. It was a way of showing him that they weren’t going to just sit back and allow him to take their rights away.
The Woman’s March quickly became one of the largest protests America had ever seen. The march held in Washington was even live streamed on social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook for millions to watch in the comfort of their home.
Celebrities played a big role in this march and the attention it received, many walking along side other protesters in various cities across the world. Others used their platform to deliver speeches. There were so many celebs that decided to be a part of such historical event but here are a few that attended.
American actress America Ferrera generally known for her role as Ugly Betty, is the daughter Honduran parents that migrated here in the 70’s. She’s been a very politically involved woman speaking at the 2016 Democratic Convention and supporting Obama’s reelection campaign. She’s also involved with the organization Voto Latino, which encourages Latinos within the U.S. to vote.
Ferrera spoke at the Woman’s March on Washington saying the following, “If we – the millions of Americans who believe in common decency, in the greater good, in justice for all – if we fall into the trap by separating ourselves by our causes and our labels, then we will weaken our fight and we will lose. But if we commit to what aligns us, if we stand together steadfast and determined, then we stand a chance of saving the soul of our country.”
One of the many young celebrities to join the march was Zendaya. Zendaya is of a biracial background with a white mother and an African American father.
She’s shown her support for Black Lives Matter, opposition for the Dakota Pipeline, and has spoken out about various social issues. That being said it was no surprise to her fans that she attended the march.
Creator and star of the popular Broadway musical “Hamilton” marched while in London. In December Miranda promised he’d continue to fight for his beliefs against Trump and his administration.
Lin-Manuel told the Daily Beast “You don’t want to go backwards when it comes to our LGBT brothers and sisters; you don’t want to go backwards when it comes to the disenfranchisement of voters of color.” He also added “We have to keep fighting for the things we believe in, and it just made that very clear: I know who I am, and I know what I’m going to fight for in the years to come.”
15 year old Rowan is a Disney actress who plays the part of Riley Matthews in the hit show Girl Meets World. Don’t let her age fool you Rowan has shown multiple times that she’s a well informed and mature citizen, she’s a public activist for feminism and human rights. Constantly making her political view points be known on her social media, using her platform to shed light on issues from around the world.
Rowan was one of the many speakers that attended the Woman’s March. She began her speech by addressed the concern she felt knowing Donald Trump had been elected into office but she made it clear she’d continue to fight for what she believes in. One of the highlights in her speech was,”If women, if queer people, if people of color have survived this long in a world that refuses to represent them, that must amount to a force much greater than one man with nothing more to invest in but his ego.” She proven various times she’s more than just a 15 year old girl in the way she carries herself and the eloquence in her speech.
California based rock band Green Day stood in solidarity with woman by joining the march as well. All three members attended a the march with their families. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong posting the picture below to his Instagram with the caption “stand together!! from Poland with love!! support our sisters!”
In November the band made political statement at the American Music Awards while performing “Bang Bang” a single from their latest released album Revolution Radio. Billie Joe started to chant “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” in the middle of the song in a very catchy manner. Tons of people in the crowd including celebrities attending the show chanted along.
Australian YouTuber turned singer and songwriter also attended the March in Washington D.C. Troye is openly gay and has always been supportive of the LGBTQ+ community. He’s also good at representing LGBTQ+ relationships within his music videos, he’s spoken about about how these portrayals are important to him.
One day before Inauguration Day Troye released a music video for “Heaven” a song about the fight between sexuality and religion. With lyrics such as “Without losing a piece of me, how do I get to Heaven?” and “If I’m losing a piece of me, maybe I don’t want Heaven.” This was an important video seeing as Vice President Pence has a history with opposing LGBTQ+ rights.
Lauren Jauregui a proud bisexual Cuban American woman as she proclaimed herself in an open letter to Trump’s supporters published to Billboard. She’s been very vocal about her opposition to Trump and the promises he made America. So it was expected by her fans to see her face at the March.
After attending the Woman’s March Lauren tweeted the following “I can’t even begin to explain how much love and how many people of all races, genders, sexualities, classes..were present and PROUD AND LOUD. There were easily over a million people present and marching and ready to make a change for the better and I’ve never felt more inspired.”
Willow and her brother Jaden aren’t strangers to protests. Back in October both were see protesting the Dakota Pipeline and one day after the inauguration Willow joined the Woman’s March in Los Angeles.
Willow is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith democrats that supported Obama’s last campaign. She’s clearly picked up on her parents political views, and decided to join the fight for equal rights.
Alicia not only attended the Woman’s March but she also performed and gave a brief speech at the rally. She performed her hit single “Girl On Fire” which the audience loved. In her speech Alicia said, We are mothers. We are caregivers. We are artists. We are activists. We are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. We rise.”
This wasn’t the first time Alicia performed at a political event, she also performed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Despite being pregnant Natalie joined the protest in Los Angeles sporting a ‘We Should All Be Feminist” tee shirt. Portman is a democrat that supported Clinton in the 2008 presidential election, later supporting Obama when he became the nominee. She also supported him in his reelection. When there was a petition to Obama in support of same sex marriage Natalie and her then fiancé were among the people who signed it.
The actress gave a very powerful speech and said the following,”Thank you all for being here, and for showing our power to the world, and thank you to the wonderful men, who show us that women also have many champions and compadres. Now, from the bottom of both hearts beating inside my miraculous female body, I want to thank our new president. You just started the revolution.” This cause the crowd to cheer like crazy she then concluded her speech with “Raise your hands, hold them up in the air one more time, feel what it feels like to hold the hand of a stranger, feels what it feels like to be in unity with the people next to you. Feel what it feels like to be connected and unified and strong and say ‘I matter! We matter! We are the people!'”
Even if you didn’t agree with the Woman’s March it was a historical event giving woman and minorities sense of hope and empowerment. After all the disgusting comments made by President Trump this group of people needed to show him that they weren’t going to just sit back and allow him to take their rights away. They’re going to come together and continue to fight for themselves and their fellow Americans.