We asked a few of our members to tell you why they have decided to participate in the Women’s March – either here, in Minnesota, or elsewhere around the country. Here are their responses.
I march for all the women in my life: those that have walked ahead of me, beside me, and behind me. I have always been a feminist, but a silent one. President-elect Trump’s words, actions, policies, and cabinet nominations ignite the fire and the need to speak up, to act, and to be an advocate. I march in solidarity with women from across the country, each with different experiences and realities, but with one common goal- to demand equality, appreciate diversity, and zealously protect women’s rights which are human rights!
I march for my son. I march for his future. I march so he can grow up in a world that is safe and tolerant, where he will be able to work hard and achieve his dreams. I march to show him that I am passionate about our country and our rights. I march so he can see that it’s important to care for our fellow humans, no matter what they look like or who they love. I march for gun control, so he can live a full life that is free of fear.
I march for me. I march for my healthcare and for my rights to make my own decisions about my body. I march because I want and deserve equal opportunities. I march for family leave, for equal pay and for better conditions for working mothers. I march for living wages. I march for freedom.
I march because I’m angry. I march because I’m tired. I march because I’m just getting started.
I march because I thought we’d be done marching about this by now. We were supposed to teach the world to sing and accept everyone for who they are back when I was a kid in the 1970’s. ”I am woman hear me roar” and all that.
I march because “locker room talk” and “boys will be boys” are still considered acceptable excuses for sexual harassment and violence against women.
I march because girls around the world deserve to be educated, marry whomever they wish, and welcome children into world without fear of being persecuted or killed.
I march for my children because I want them to live in a world that respects all people regardless of race, religion or gender.
I march because I don’t want to go back to the dark days of illegal abortions and limited access to birth control.
I march for my friends in the LGBTQ community.
I march for refugees.
I march for the health of our planet.