Many women (and men) around the United States are preparing to rally and march in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2017, the Saturday following this year’s U.S. presidential inauguration. Though many are excited about the upcoming Women’s March on Washington and there’s lots of support on social media, some are questioning the main point and have expressed concern that the goals of the march haven’t been clearly defined.
One of the main goals of this blog journal and this network known as #AGlobalTribeOfWomen, is to help us become more aware, informed, and conscious women, and that’s the primary focus of today’s post. I’ve provided you with some information and comments surrounding the Women’s March on Washington in order for you to be able to have a more articulate conversation about the event.
Though there are many with strong feelings and opinions about the march, there are some of us who may feel quite clueless about the whole thing. Don’t feel bad. I didn’t know too much about it until recently either, and that’s why I wanted to write this article. Whether you’ve chosen to disconnect from news media, you’ve been knee deep in motherhood duties, or you’ve been just plain busy, here’s a breakdown for you.
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Here are just a few facts about the Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for January 21, 2017.
There is a list of eight unity principles outlined on the Women’s March website. Though some have said that the goals of the march aren’t clear I think the mission and reason for coming together is pretty refined. I think what some may have hesitation with is how we (as women and as a country) will go about producing legislation that supports these views.
Some of the unity principles include: Reproductive Rights, Worker’s Rights, Immigrant Rights, & Environmental Justice.
Bright pink knitted beanies with pointed kitty-like ears.
Many are using these as a way to take back control of the derogatory way the word “pussy” has been used in the past. Some liken it to black people using the “N” word in conversation, lyrics, or to even describe themselves in order to take back the negative and hurtful way in which it was historically used in reference to black people.
I actually had a really great discussion with my three year old about the word “pussy” while listening to this. Just a heads up, they use the word “pussy” a lot in this episode. I’d avoid listening to this with kiddos if you aren’t ready to have a conversation about it. They WILL notice it.
Want to knit your own pussy hat? Here’s a step-by-step guide. You can even attach a tag to your hat and send it to someone with a message outlining a woman’s issue you are passionate about.
There are over 1.3 million sisters from around the globe marching in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. They will be attending any of the 616 scheduled marches happening in places like Argentina, Australia, The Bahamas, Congo, Denmark, France, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Madagascar, Myanmar, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom.
If you live on Guam there will be a sister march here on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 5-6:30pm. We will meet at the Chamoru Village parking lot next to the playground. I’ll be there. If you’d like, you can register and find out more information here. If you see me, please say “hi.”
Lead by Diversity
The women who are leading and organizing this event come from an array of religious and cultural backgrounds. Check them out here. It’s truly astounding to read each of their biographies.
Some of those amazing women are, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Vanessa Wruble, and Bob Bland.
Will you be attending a women’s march where you live? If so, please share in the comments, where you live and who will be joining you. Also, feel free to share this post on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.
“Welcome.” Women’s March on Washington. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <https://www.womensmarch.com/>.