Through the eyes of United States citizens and people across the world, the 2016 U.S. presidential elections can be seen as a blessing or a curse. Many women in more liberal states like New York and California are outraged at the newly elected President of the United States. But many others in more conservative areas like West Virginia and Texas are excited about the new opportunities and hope to “Make America Great Again.” As days and weeks go by, people from both sides of the aisle are speaking out about the events occurring within the United States.
Women from the political left and the right came together for the Women’s March on Washington. While no source has an exact count of the number of people who participated in Washington, D.C., they have been able to give approximately numbers for other cities.
In Chicago, participants have estimated that approximately 250,000 women and men took part in the march. These numbers are similar to other U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
The Washington, D.C., Transportation Department has estimated that over 1 million metro rides were taken on Jan. 21, the day of the march. Still, many republicans doubt the numbers and attribute them to the crowds at President Trump’s inauguration, which they believe were much larger. There is no doubt, however, that millions of people marched worldwide for this movement, which in effect created larger crowds than the inauguration.
Popular commentators like Tomi Lahren have talked about the Women’s March on Washington and riots occurring within the U.S, calling participants “snowflakes” and “cry-babies.” Other internet sensations, like Trevor Noah, put a comedic twist on Donald Trump’s presidency and the nation’s issues. The march has been discussed, debated, praised and criticized in every way. But women’s views on the march are not so black and white.
Though Republican and Democrat women both took to the streets the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, standing hand in hand, many individuals from both sides did not agree on the meaning behind the march.
Some Republican women believed that the march was surrounded by ideological borders, motivated by the election of Donald Trump. They may believe in women’s rights and protecting what many have worked so hard to gain throughout the past century, but many felt that it was a “snowflake” march, filled with complainers and feminists who didn’t have a leg to stand on after supporting the Obama Administration for eight years. Some Democrats also saw no point in the march.
For most Americans, opinions on the new administration were still foggy on Trump’s first day in office. Many wanted to give President Trump a chance to see what his new administration would accomplish for the American people.
Now, after two solid weeks in the White House, President Trump has begun his presidency on a rocky note. He has created more enemies than allies and continuously tries to alienate the U.S. from the rest of the global community. Within the past week, he has suspended immigration from seven different Muslim-majority countries, possibly suspending 16 different governmental organizations, implemented a six-week cut off for abortions in the United States, and has scared the meaning, belief and hope found within the United States and so often associated with America.
While the Women’s March is over, the smoke has definitely not settled and the fight continues. New dates and times have been set for new marches on Washington, such as the Scientist March this coming June. While President Trump tries to diminish everything that we as Americans stand for, many Americans need to realize that the United States is a competitor and ally within the global community. You cannot stop this process. Globalization has created a world in which countries are interconnected and peace between nations must prevail in order to continuously prosper.
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