Saturday, January 21st, 2017 can hardly avoid being labeled as a historic day after millions of women worldwide took to the streets in protest the day after President Trump’s inauguration. One of these very marches was The Women’s March on Denver, which took place in downtown Denver. Women and men of all ages, race and beliefs put their differences aside and gathered for an all day event to defend their rights.
The largest and most notable march was held in Washington D.C., with half a million people in attendance. However, there were a total of 673 “sister” marches that were held in other locations throughout the US and cities around the world such as: Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Budapest, Hungary; Rome and London. Out of all the marches occurring within the US, Denver had an impressive turnout of more than 100,000 people, ranking as the 5th largest Women’s March within the US.
The people all gathered not merely as a way to protest against the new President, but also to protect their rights. People held signs with clever sayings advocating for civil rights, women’s rights, reproductive rights, healthcare, gender equality, homosexuality and an overall sense of unity and acceptance across all fronts.
People expressed their anger and beliefs through a variety of clever sayings written on signs and empowering chants that made their way through the crowd with messages such as: “This is what democracy looks like”, “Love Trumps Hate” and “My body my choice”. Popular sayings written on signs included “Black Lives Matter”, “I’m with her”, “Women’s rights are human rights”, “Build bridges not walls”, “Love is Love”, “Stronger together”, and for Star Wars fans, “A women’s place is in the resistance”, with an image of none other than Princess Leia herself.
In Denver, the march was a sea of vibrant pink, as many people wore pink “pussy” hats, which became a symbol of the Women’s marches worldwide. Several people also carried rainbow flags for LGBT pride.
Several students from LHS attended the march to stand up for what they believed in. Junior Mary Muench was one of these such marchers.
“There were a lot of people with signs and pink pussycat hats. After we got off the light rail there and followed the masses to the march, it was just kind of amazing to see so many people and how they were all uniting. It was awesome too because it wasn’t just all women like some people would expect; there were also a lot of guys there,” said Muench.
The atmosphere of the march was unlike any other. It seems expected that protests can become violent; however, the Women’s March in Denver embodied the kindness and love that the marchers believed should be extended to everyone.
“The atmosphere was actually super amazing. The whole theme was to spread love, so everyone was super nice and it was nice to be around people who all supported the same things as you without any hate,” said Muench.
The march left people in awe at the number of people who showed up to fight for their fundamental rights, and inspired by the sense of community that was radiated by the men, women, children and families who participated in the march.
“The march made me so empowered and happy to see all the women and general community coming together under the one cause of equality under a president who is not promising equality, ” said junior Devany Shikiar.
An astounding piece of the march was the great diversity of people that showed up to participate.
“I think that the amount of diversity and generations that there were stood out the most to me; it showed that it is not just one group of people upset, it is half a nation,” said senior Maddie Fuchs.
No matter what political beliefs are associated with the Women’s Marches that occurred around the world, Saturday was a proud moment in history for women, showing that unity is possible even in a divided nation.