Jan. 21 marked a national day of protest and fighting for the equality of those who have experienced marginalization in American society leading up to the inauguration.
This grand-scale event was referred to as the “Women’s March on Washington.” However, it was not in Washington D.C. alone that people marched. Huge crowds gathered across the entirety of the US in cities such as Chicago, Manhattan, and Los Angeles.
The issues being represented at the marches were the fight for reproductive rights, civil rights, and immigration. There were three times as many people at the Women’s March on Washington as there were at the inauguration of President Donald Trump, according to a New York Times article.
As there were hundreds of marches across the country, several of Olivet’s own students traveled to participate in the march.
“This is the time when we look around and say, ‘I don’t want things to be like this for the rest of my life,’ and are actually at an age to have enough personal agency to do something about it,” senior Cassie Hendrix said of the march she attended in Champaign.
“It wasn’t just a march for women, rather a march organized by women stating that women won’t settle until everyone is given equal rights, treatment, and opportunity” Hendrix said. She went on to state that protests like this give people the place to start conversations that allow for change to occur.
Senior, and former GlimmerGlass executive editor, Grace King, works as a journalism intern in New York and had the opportunity to witness the march firsthand.
“I think we need to make sure, in our Christian realms, that we aren’t pretending like this isn’t happening,” King said. She went on say that the women in the marches were there “to love and support each other, and the speakers rallied up the crowd and made them want to fight for something more.”
“People should start becoming more aware and not going just based on what previous generations have told you because that will stop the progression that’s been happening for so many years,” Yet another Olivet student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said of their experience at the Chicago march. For this student, it was inspiring the see that the people in the crowd were all there for a common purpose.