Women’s March filled Columbus streets over the weekend
The Women’s March on Washington is making its debut on Saturday, January 21st. The march was envisioned by Teresa Shook, a women who felt that Future President Donald Trump should hear what women had to say about their rights. This is the first year of this event since they are protesting Trump’s presidency.
The march blew up on facebook when she created an event to see how many people wanted to march after Donald Trump’s inauguration. There are now nearly 200,000 people expected to participate, since this event has expanded. The march is taking place in Washington D.C. the day after the inauguration.
Since then it has even spread to other cities and countries around the world, and is referred to as Sister Marches. Among the cities hosting these marches was Columbus, Ohio. It occured on Sunday, January 15th, scheduled about a week prior to the Women’s March on Washington.
Participants met at West Broad, behind COSI. At 1:30 pm the march to the statehouse began. As the protesters marched, they chanted and held up their signs. Hundreds of protesters filled the streets.
There were many different people there, not only women of all ages, but also men, and little girls and boys. Among some was a Darby teacher and Darby graduates. Many of the protesters were wearing pink hats. People were wearing pink hats with ears on them, called “Pussy Hats”. March organizers handed them out to march as a way to show support for women’s reproductive rights.
Some things that were being protested were Trump’s Presidency, women’s reproductive rights, not repealing Obamacare, not building a wall, support for Planned Parenthood, and support for immigrants.
Supporters had signs with all these issues on them. Most people with signs made them at home, but for those who forgot, posterboard and markers were being handed out for people to create their own signs.
Protesters made a stand for women’s rights, and set the tone for the march that will happen on Washington.