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Should Radford have a women’s march?

Hannah Hale

hhale3@radford.edu

 

No matter what your stance is on Donald Trump’s presidency, some citizens are angry with his policies and the things that he has said. This is most evident in the recent Women’s March that took place on Jan. 21. Close to three million people showed up to fill the streets all across the nation with a message for the President in the largest inaugural protest in the history of our country. That message was far more than just the disapproval of the statements he has made concerning women, it was to show that women are through with putting up with unequal pay, inhibiting reproductive rights, and the blatant double standard society has given women since the dawn of civilization itself.

Women are not equal to men. The most undeniable fact supporting this is the difference in pay for women in comparison to men who are occupying the same job. On average, women earn around 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. Also, there is the issue of the “glass ceiling” that prevents most women from excelling to powerful positions in companies. These are just a couple of reasons why people wanted to march. It was not all about protesting the new president; it was protesting issues that were projected to get worse rather than better.

This protest reached across the seas to many countries. Anna Whitted, a student at VCU, attended the march in Washington D.C. and said, “participating in the Women’s March made me feel like a part of history. I felt unified with everyone else there. No matter our differences, we were brought together for an amazing cause. I will be able to tell my children that I fought for their rights, and their children’s, and their children’s children’s rights. I was a part of history that matters.” This cause brought many together, and still, can.

The question is, should we have a march at Radford University? First-year student, Karrah Davidson, said, “I think it’s important for everyone, especially those of our generation to show interest in the things they believe in. We are the future of this country, and our voice needs to be heard.” Personally, I believe it is a great idea. The issue is that Radford University is not necessarily large enough to grasp the attention of more than the local news. If schools near Radford, like Virginia Tech and New River Community College, would join us in marching, we would have the chance of gaining state-wide attention.

I encourage the idea of a Women’s March in our area, and I believe Radford University could be the catalyst to bring universities together. It would be a message that not only promotes feminism and equality, but it would show that today’s youth is not ignorant to the injustices that are taking place in our country. We are underestimated by those who are older than us. We are labeled as “whiny millennials who want everything handed to them,” but we know the truth.

This is no longer a matter of if you like President Trump; this is about equality, no matter who is in office. There is no limit to what we can do. We are young, we are educated, and we are ready to stand for what we believe. Let us bring an age of equality for all.

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