March with the Women

Emmalee Scheibe, Staff Writer

The day after Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Friday, a retired Wayne State College professor will attend the Women’s March on Washington.

On Saturday, Jan Dinsmore will join as many as a half-million marchers at the protest in Washington, D.C.

“This will be my first time attending anything like this,” Dinsmore said.

The purpose of the march, according to organizers, is to show that women’s rights are human rights. This march is set to be one of America’s largest protests.

“This march is especially significant to me because it is time for me to again bring attention to the major needs of all of our children, who have no voice,” WSC Counselor Karen Granberg said. “We bring attention to quality education, basic health care, a way out of poverty, and a safe and sustainable environment in which to grow up in. And of course, bringing the attention of the nation to respect and self-determination that is due persons of every gender identity.”

There are many reasons for the march, but one of the primary ones is concern that the government doesn’t protect women from sexual assault.

“The Women’s March is so important because we are about to inaugurate someone who is probably one of the most well-known misogynistic people in this country,” junior Riley Lang said. “We are about to inaugurate someone who openly admitted to sexually assaulting a woman and showed no remorse for his actions.”

This march is also put together to bring awareness to certain communities that are in fear from the recent election. Those communities include LGBTQIA, Native people, Black people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault, immigrants and Muslims.

“The point of the Women’s March is to show that we aren’t going to be quiet and be pushed to the side,” Lang said. “Muslims have the right to not be scared that they will be prejudiced against because of their religion. African Americans have the right to not be scared every time they come into contact with a police officer.”

Men are also invited to attend the march.

“I like the approach they are taking of stretching acceptance and inclusion because I think that is really what we are all about,” Dinsmore said. “What we should be stressing in our country is that all people should have rights and there are many rights to be concerned about.”

The National Co-Chairs of this march are Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland. Most of them are nationally recognized for their feminist activism and fighting for women’s rights. Planned Parenthood is also a big contributor and donor to the march.

“One of Trump’s biggest platforms is to defund Planned Parenthood,” Lang said. “Planned Parenthood is so important to women and they offer much more than abortions. They can offer birth control, breast examinations, and help on women’s general health.”

“Sister marches” are also planned in case people who would like to participate cannot make it to Washington, D.C. In Nebraska, there are sister marches in Omaha, Lincoln and Loup City. The march has also made its way to 30 other countries as well.

“It would not be the first time I have been to a march,” Granberg said. “A march, for me is another opportunity, in addition to voting, that we as citizens of this great land have to give voice to the issues that are concerning to us as people.”

The march will even have some famous people attending, including America Ferrera, Amy Schumer, Uzo Aduba and Zendaya.

“I see it as an adventure and a duty as a citizen,” Disnmore said.

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