• Ellie Miller

Country-Wide Women's Marches are as Local as Grand Rapids

On Saturday, October 18th, hundreds of people congregated for a women's march in Grand Rapids to honor the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The march was also protesting the possible confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.

The Facebook description says, "The time is now to show up and march for all women -- for trans, Black, Brown, and Indigenous women." The emphasis on women's rights is especially important in this day and age, and it was supported by tens of thousands of people in 438 marches across the United States. The central march took place in Washington, D.C. with thousands of women in attendance. Because the core focus of the march was to challenge the Supreme Court's decisions, many women honored Ruth Bader Ginsburg by dressing up as her.

"The whole point of the march, this year, is to really build and mobilize the political power of women," Women's March Executive Director Rachel O'Leary Carmona says. "And, we think this election is going to be decided by women." In some of the locations, after the physical march, participants initiated a "Text-a-thon." Carmona expected to make contact with over 5 million women voters virtually. This text-a-thon was meant to encourage women to vote. A mindset of empowerment is what is driving the passion behind the marches.

The first Women's March occurred the day after President Trump was inaugurated, and women all over the United States will continue to stand up for their rights, influence change, and vote.

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