Less than 24 hours after Donald J Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United Stated of America, millions of women came together from Alaska to Paris, to participate in the Women’s March.
Not only had Trump just became the most powerful man in the world, but the hope they had carried for the election of the first female President in American history, had come to an abrupt end as well.
As they locked arms walking down the streets of Washington, D.C., some wearing the now infamous pink hats, others carrying signs displaying their disdain for Trumps hateful rhetoric, they felt united as women fighting for the same cause.
You can see a little girl holding up a “We Will Resist” sign that’s nearly twice her size as onlookers walk by. The sign has a photo of Trump with an unbecoming look on his face, a poster that assuredly amuses the largely anti Trump crowd.
Close to them, a young college aged Muslim student can be seen holding a “We the People are Greater than Fear” sign as she’s greeted with nods of approval. She’s not only fighting for her sex, but for her religious freedoms as well.
As they continue walking, a poster leans next to a nearby bridge illustrating a Muslim wearing an American hijab with the caption “We are United” underneath. There are even Muslims placing American flag hijabs on a group of white women who are eager to show their pride in the religion, and their willingness to protect them from perceived prejudice and hate.
In the background, stand a group of women looking on in their Planned Parenthood shirts, as they attempt to make a statement to the new administration which is expected to cut its funding significantly.
Down the road by Capitol Hill, just where the man they detest was being sworn in as the newest President the day before, stood a group of celebrities singing a similar tune to the millions of marchers.
“Welcome to the revolution of love, to the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny, where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people. Where being uniquely different right now might truly be considered a crime. It took us this horrific moment of darkness, to wake us the f__k up”, Madonna boldly proclaimed as her idolizing fellow marchers cheered her on.
In the crowd, an African American woman can be seen holding a large white sign that reads, “Don’t forget: White Women voted for Trump” as she is surrounded by white women in pink hats ironically, who join her in cheering on Madonna’s words.
Out of curiosity, I took it upon myself to look up what it was these women were marching for. If you look up what the march’s cause is on their official website, this is how the mission statement reads:
“The rhetoric of the last election has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us-immigrants of all statuses, Muslims, and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQ, Native people, black and brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault-and our communities are hurt and scared…in the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore”.
This would suggest the march wasn’t just about woman’s equality and/or rights, but rather justice for all different forms of Americans.
In order to be marching for rights, for progress, there must be a deterrent holding one back from achieving said goal.
Considering the march was created less than a day after we learned Trump would be becoming our next president, and the Women’s March’s mission insinuating Trump’s rhetoric targeted every base outside of white males-this would suggest that Trump is that deterrent.
As hundreds of thousands of women marched on in their pink hats while holding their signs to fight for equality for all races and religions, they also marched to lessen the wage gap, to endorse Planned Parenthood and to make it clear that abortion is their choice.
If you believe the gender wage gap is still an issue, you’d have to acknowledge things didn’t progress as much as you expected them to under Obamas leadership. If you’re satisfied with his progress and expected things to only get better under the first female Presidents watch, you’d be baseless in your assumption as Clinton offered no real policy solutions to narrow the gap. If you’re afraid the wage gap will only widen under Trump, none of his proposed policies support this fear.
Obama often cites a figure stating women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns for doing the same work. This figure is wholly misleading as it refers to all men and women working full time jobs, which is to say, not the same work.
It fails to take into consideration the jobs, occupations, hours worked per week, and the fact that females tend to willingly chose majors that earn significantly lower salaries on average, all critical factors. If you factor in all these considerations the gap suddenly shrinks from 23 cents to 5 cents. By nature, females tend to lean towards more caring professions, are we to control their path and decide what they should want to do?
If you still believe in the gender wage gap theory, you’d have to wonder why those boasting about it failed to follow their own words. Obama emphasized pay equity, but similar to Clinton, his own White House male employees were paid on average 13 pct more per year than his female employees. Clinton saw her foundation pay their executive male employees an average of $112K more per year than the female executive employees and Clinton’s senate office paid their female staffers 72 cents for every dollar paid to male staffers.
Some females will argue that while my logic is sound, many still feel held back, which is part systemic. That women still need to feel “empowered”.
The ironic part is, the man these marchers are protesting, has a daughter who is the embodiment of female empowerment. Detractors will point to her privileged lifestyle as a way of minimizing her value as a role model to females everywhere, but the truth is, how many millionaire and billionaire fathers give just as much, if not more power to their daughter than to their sons?
She’s the reason Mike Pence is Vice President, she’s already been given the go ahead to begin working with congress on new federal child care and maternity leave policies and her husband Jared may have more influence on Trump than any of his cabinet members.
Isn’t Donald Trump an exceptional example of a father empowering his daughter? Isn’t it about encouraging your kids to achieve greatness regardless of gender?
No ones saying it was an easy situation, it’s certainly not one I’d wish on others, but by staying with her serial cheating husband for political power, didn’t Hillary’s actions normalize the idea that men hold the power? Was it her being realistic, or her giving into this regressive mindset?
It’s also easy to pump ones chest out and become outraged over the possibility of the Trump administration cutting government funding for Planned Parenthood, as it not only provides abortion services, but contraceptives and cervical cancer screenings among other services.
It’s imperative however, to draw the distinction between the defunding of a service which is unnecessarily subsidized by the government and the impact this has on the legality of abortion and women’s rights.
The notion that defunding Planned Parenthood would prevent women from having access to basic healthcare, is purely propaganda for the liberal female base to cling to. This isn’t exactly a nonpartisan organization, as they spent over $30 million this past election cycle to prevent the man this march was created in reaction to from getting into the White House.
As it stands, the government hands out $500 million annually to Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t account for the $127 million they make in profit, most of which is spent on political organizations and overseas. The other $500 million of their $1 billion budget is used on their abortion services, which is where they make 86 pct of their profit.
The organization performs over 320,000 abortions a year, making it the largest abortion provider in the United States. As the organization continues to rake in profit from the abortion procedures they provide, the non abortion services the American taxpayer has been underwriting have been in dramatic decline.
If the funding cut were to take place, it would be Trump’s way of forcing the organizations hands into being more efficient with their resources and cost effective, following through on his pledge to cut down on inefficient government spending.
The marchers will detest this thought process and argue that in defunding Planned Parenthood, you’re preventing women from having easy access to all of the non abortion services they provide. Nonsense-as the federal funding for nonprofit organization increased by the millions, the prenatal services they provide have been cut in half since 2009, and the number of cancer screenings has declined since 2006.
This is a nonprofit organization that can admittedly fund itself, has a vested interest in the Democratic Party, receives massive donations from celebrities and has been caught illegally selling the dead remains of babies for profit. Why would Democrats cut funding on this full scale abortion business if they provide them with such substantial financial support?
The bottom line is it shouldn’t be on the American taxpayer to pay for a nonprofit organization that 98 percent of women of reproductive age will never enter, nor is it on us to continue providing assistance to a health clinic that’s seeing its non abortion services decrease, as its funding continually increases.
It’s also worth noting that cutting funding from an organization that’s wholly inefficient with its spending at best, teetering on corruption at worst, doesn’t inhibit women’s rights, nor does it alter any abortion laws…abortion laws that American women 50 years ago would have died for… abortion laws that women in 187 other countries would gladly accept today.
Despite the massive hysteria, abortion laws in the United States have been the same since 1973. Abortion is legal in all 50 states during the first trimester (first 12 weeks which is when 91.4 pct of abortions occur) and the U.S. is one of only 7 developed nations that allow late term abortions in some states.
The possibility of defunding a morally corrupt organization doesn’t change this fact, nor does it change the fact that there are thousands of other healthcare facilities that provide all the non abortion services Planned Parenthood provides. I’m in no way suggesting we take women’s rights and/or healthcare away, and neither are the 42 percent of women who willingly voted for Trump.
Personal responsibility is part of this equation as well, something that only you can control. Contraception will always be available regardless of ones political beliefs, and to blame others for your predicament is misplaced angst and purely deflection. Being outraged by Trump’s rhetoric, doesn’t compromise your ability to be responsible for your own actions in any way shape or form.
There also seemed to be a sense of entitlement and lack of self awareness among the feminists powering on for equality of all Americans.
How else can you explain American women happily wearing hijabs, headwear that quite literally symbolizes the oppression of women, where women are to be submissive to their fellow men, where it is deemed acceptable to beat your female counterpart if she dare disobey her man, all in the name of “embracing” her fellow Muslim?
How else can you explain the fact, that women who once condemned Trump for his words about females, cheer on as a woman who groped a 17 year old female on stage earlier in the year, defines Trump’s Presidency as a “a horrific moment of darkness”.
This wasn’t just a march fighting for female rights, but for the rights of all Americans regardless of race, religion and sexual orientation.
This is to imply Trump’s policies and rhetoric will hinder minorities aspirations over the next four years, that the LGBT community feels threatened and that all immigrants are in danger.
The idea that defunding Planned Parenthood would prohibit women from having basic health care is a simple scare tactic from the Democrats to keep their loyal feminists in place.
This, is no different.
In order for Trump to be their threat, to be what’s holding them back, you’d have to ignore the fact that there are a higher percentage of African Americans in poverty today than there were eight years ago, the ten poorest cities in the U.S. have been under Democratic leadership the past 30+ years, the surge of black on black crime in Chicago has only worsened, and the fact that Trump is the first incoming American President openly accepting of gay marriage.
The woman these women preferred, proposed an increase in Muslim refugees, the vast majority of which strongly disagree with the LGBT lifestyle, providing a far more realistic threat to their community than anything Trump has ever said or proposed.
Instead, Trump has proposed the New Deal which would dedicate $1 trillion on inner-city infrastructure, a wall at the Mexican border to finally address the source of the recent Heroin influx that’s created a 440 pct spike in Heroin overdoses under Obamas watch, and most recently signed an executive order temporarily halting refugees in an effort to revamp our deeply flawed screening process. (It’s worth noting Obama halted Iraqi refugees for six months in 2011 due to fears of terrorism).
In order to be marching for progress, for hope, there has to be something holding one back.
Liberals want that something to be Donald Trump because it has to be Donald Trump.
If Trump were to improve our deeply flawed inner cities, halt the Heroin epidemic, lower black on black crime, create jobs for the forgotten, and appeal to the LGBT community, Democratic politicians would be devastated, instead of beaming with joy for the people they claim to care for.
This wasn’t a march for equality, or a fight for women’s rights…this was a reminder that you’re the victims because someone has to be. This was a march to instill the mindset early on that Mr. Trump is the cause of all your problems no matter what occurs over the next four years. This march wasn’t about fighting fear, this march was about creating fear. This-was a march to nowhere.