To the Editor:
Why a Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21?
The organizers released the following statement.
“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 big to ignore.
The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.
We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
Do women need to just get over it? The election is over, but the War on Women continues.
Women cannot get over elected officials battling against access to contraception, against the constitutional right to choice, against the Violence Against Women Act, against equal pay laws, and against single mothers.
The Women’s March on Washington is intent on sending a clear message that women, from all walks of life, expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families, and their communities.
Is this a call to action? In the immortal words of Helen Reddy, “I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore.”
In addition to sending a message, the march is also aimed at building relationships and mending the divides between our communities.
You may opt to participate in the Washington march or the Austin march or one of the many marches taking place around the country, or you may choose to opt out.
Regardless, the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington believe it “is just the first step, what comes after is up to us all.”