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Third annual Women's March draws

many to D.C.

Photo By: Adna Tabich

1-22-2019

Adna Tabich, Staff Writer

On Saturday people all across America came to the Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. Though this third annual march drew in the smallest crowd, it still managed to have the same enthusiasm as the two years before. Amid a government shutdown, winter advisory conditions, and a controversial agenda, thousands of people still came to support.

Many people were turning away from the idea of joining this year’s march. In the past, it’s been said that the Women’s March is only for white feminists and that feminism is one that only focuses on a white woman’s struggles. However, this march charged its focus on intersectional feminism and an agenda that includes all people. Intersectional feminism is the view that women experience oppression at varying levels, and that often the umbrella term feminism only recognizes one category. Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of the march and a Latin American woman, helped show that the Women’s March is here to include all people. She spoke at the march about our country growing together and waiting to be born with the help of all ethnicities, religions, and genders.

Another major controversy that was addressed was this march being criticized for being anti-Semitic. Likely the most moving part of the entire day was when a Jewish community walked in together, in a line of solidarity, holding signs that uplift each other and their religion. Three Jewish women, Yavilah McCoy, April Baskin, and Abby Stein, spoke on the significance of recognizing that the Women’s March doesn’t support anti-Semitic behaviors.

They said, “We’re marching because we take anti-Semitism very seriously. It cannot be condoned, equivocated or excused. We know better than most how dangerous it is, and the ways it is used to put Jews at risk, undermine our movements, and drive wedges between communities.”

The day kept on and the spirit wasn’t lost. Many did argue that the Women’s March is an exclusive protest, one that is centered around a specific kind of person. However, people with all different backgrounds came together with one goal, to protect and defend our rights, safety, health, and communities.