Unlike almost everyone in this day and age, I am usually not one to put my political beliefs out there into the World. I typically keep them to myself as they are for the most part, pretty private views.
However, it is now time to say enough is freaking enough. I get it, everyone has the right to their opinions and beliefs and that, my friends, is what makes our country so great. Everyday when I log into Facebook, I am met with a new hypocritical and/or misogynistic comment or post in my newsfeed about how the Women’s March is a bunch of whiny liberals. So, what better time to explain some of the reasons for the Women’s March – as there are many. And no, it’s not just because people are unhappy with Trump.
Closing the Gap: I can hear it now, “Women do get paid the same as men, blah, blah, blah.” Here’s the truth. No. They. Don’t. According to the United States Department of Labor, 79% of women are paid less than men. 79%?! They do also state that the wage gap has been closing slowly over the past few years, but we’re obviously still way off. Not okay, not even close and something needs to be done.
Sexual Assault: 1 in 4 women are victims of sexual assault within their lifetime – and that is only the documented cases. Seems high right? Now think of all the instances where assaults do not get reported. Making that number even higher. We live in a time where Brock Turner can assault a woman behind a dumpster, and then be given the lightest sentence ever because it would cause him “undue hardship”. We live in a time, where victims of rape on college campuses are not taken seriously by the board. Where their assailants never get punished because they’re afraid it will drop their athletic boosters. Sounds crazy right? Well, it’s true. And don’t even get me started on the bullshit justifications, “well, if you hadn’t drank so much”, “you were asking for it in that outfit”, “I’d always report it if it happened to me”. Here’s the raw truth, it does NOT matter what you are wearing or how drunk you are, and I guarantee you that NO woman has ever asked to be raped. And, sure you may mean well when you say you would report it or would have fought harder, but the fact of the matter is that you don’t know how you would handle that situation until you were in it.
Major strides have been taken this past year for victims, women have risen together through the #metoo movement and the Time’s Up initiative, women have stood up to abusers such as Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nassar. But, the reality is those are high profile cases, and there is still much to be done on college campuses, workplaces and everyday life.
Reproductive Rights/Planned Parenthood: Women’s bodies are constantly up for debate by old, white men in our political system. One day, birth control efforts are covered by insurance and then the next they are threatened. While this may not be a huge issue to someone who can afford birth control without insurance (usually $20-$40 per month). It is a huge issue to low income women who can barely keep food on the table as it is, which is unsurprisingly the largest demographic having abortions. Close to 75% of women who go through with an abortion are low income and cluster near or below the poverty line for their region. While on the other end, access to low cost birth control is being limited. Makes zero sense. It’s literally basic cause and effect. Provide low cost birth control options and the number of abortions are greatly reduced. Ta da! I should be in Congress. it’s really not that hard to figure out.
Long story short, Women (and men for that matter) are marching to bring awareness to multiple issues and to say there’s more to be done. If my reasons don’t give you clarity, take a second to listen to Halsey’s Women’s March Poem. Then you’ll get it.