My First Women’s March

If I am being honest, I never was into politics, political participation, or civic engagement; therefore it was strange even to me when I changed my major to Political Science. I made the change because I thought I wanted to go to law school, but eventually realized that case briefs and memorizing so many cases was not for me. However, I stayed in my major because I found my passion for justice and equality. 

 

I was intimidated by the idea of rallying and participating in protests or marches because I had the belief that these activities would make me come across as too extreme since no one in my friend group or family has ever participated in these things. Then, at the end of 2019, I got a job with a non-profit and they were going to participate in the Women’s March in Downtown Riverside. Here is what my first Women’s March was like.

 

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It was empowering. The energy was exciting. It felt incredible to be surrounded by women and those who support women. This was a space where women were given a platform to express their concerns, their ideas, their struggles, and their strong desire to protect their rights. I was thrilled to be some of our representatives, such as Norma Torres and Connie Levya, make an appearance and a speech to show their support. I also liked that the organizers made room for other organizations to share how they support women, from mothers who reunite with their children to a performing arts organization that helps the youth stay off the streets. 

 

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One thing that truly inspired me was seeing many young girls and even boys show honest interest in equality and justice for women! They were creative with their posters and marched with pride as people all stared at us while walking down the streets of Downtown. Honestly, I felt a sense of pride as well; it was empowering! It made me proud to be surrounded by many amazing women.

 

I believe it is beneficial and necessary to teach the youth about the importance of a democracy. They will grow up knowing that their voices hold value and their actions matter.

 

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This march had a greater impact on me than I expected, it gave me hope for a better future and better democracy. It opened my eyes and led me to see that democracy is very much alive. This is not about one party or the other, but about standing up for our rights and supporting women across the globe. This is a way to let all women know that regardless of country or belief, they have a right to justice, peace, and equality. 

 

Seeing the next generation be active in these things gives hope that they will be fair and just leaders. It can be intimidating to participate in rallies and protests, especially if the people you surround yourself with are not the type to go to these events. However, I encourage you to ask a close friend, co-worker, or family member to attend a rally or march; it is your right to do these things peacefully! You have a say in this world, do not let anyone take that away from you or minimize your power. You are standing up for yourself and all women. We need people who look like us in positions of power. It is up to us to put them there.