“Coach once told me that I ran like a girl and I said that if he ran a little faster he could too.”
Women across the world, even a generation of youngins, clutched onto posters, stood defiantly in protest of the inauguration that occurred the day before. January 21st, 2017 is a day to make textbooks; a revolution that gave a pedestal to the many feminists around the world. From our own downtown Madison to Washington D.C., protests raged everywhere. Millions joined globally to voice their efforts to expand and protect the rights of all women.
The year of 2016 has specifically one that has been driven to push women for independence and a call to all feminists. From the presidential election, raging between Clinton and Trump, women were called forth. It consequently created a large divide across the nation, especially amongst people that are politically active. In times of ignorance and persistence, a generation of striving protesters change the prospects of the future.
In a conventional structure, the women’s march was centrally focused on key controversial ideas. As the Washington Post reported, they were “reproductive rights, equal pay, affordable health care, action on climate change.” Though the march may have brought a large number of people together and reflected a sense of gratitude amongst supporters, their voices haven’t been accounted for in the decisions made by President Trump. Immediately a few days after in office, President Trump started signing off executive orders. He cut business regulation, banned incoming Syrian refugees and immigration from selectively seven Muslim-majority countries, made a plan to build the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, continued construction of the Dakota and Keyline pipelines, advanced actions to weaken Obamacare, reinstated a ban on international abortion counseling, and withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The movement and revolution of feminism in the modern day has driven itself into identity politics. The true challenge of a divided America is not identity politics. With views and decisions that are reflecting populist nationalism, identity politics stands with no ground. As the New York Times writes, “The central challenge is to rebind a functioning polity and to modernize a binding American idea.” A historical moment that we will look back upon 50 years from now, is the story of how we survived, how we fought, and how we progress.
– Evanka Annyapu