On January 21st, 2017, people from all around the world gathered to support and rally for women’s rights, taking part in an event known as the Women’s March. The Women’s March began from a Facebook announcement from Theresa Shook, out of Hawaii. She was disturbed by the accusations of sexual assault against President Trump, and shortly after his election, she made a post consisting of just three words: “We should march.” Her call to action was picked up quickly, and the message went viral. Other activists became involved, and the march planning became a reality. 673 marches took place all around the world, from Kodiak, Alaska, to Accra, Ghana. An estimated 4,956,422 protesters attended.
This year, the march was revitalized, with the main event happening in Las Vegas, and many other “sister marches” were organized. One such march occured right at home, on the CSUMB campus. Though it was a much smaller assembly, it was still an incredible opportunity to make an impact and create meaningful change. Women’s March is an intersectional organization, which means that it encompasses issues faced by all women, and acknowledges that different women will face specific issues based on race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Many Catalina students attended. Women and their allies held signs illustrating causes that are important to them, from reproductive rights, to the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the advancement of the LGBT community.