The Future of Feminism

When Donald Trump was announced President, I remember sitting in my dimly lit dorm room at 3am staring with disbelief at Google’s electoral map sealing the fate of our country for the next four years. Donald Trump, a disrespectful, ill-qualified (in my opinion), and uncultured man, is our President. Trump’s win seemed to erase all the work Obama’s administration had done to stress inclusivity and diversity in our nation– Obama’s 8 years of progress jeopardized. Despite being immensely disappointed in the outcome of the race, I was not going to protest #NotMyPresident, because he is our president, so we needed to hope that he would prove himself wrong and bring some good to our nation. Unfortunately, 11 months into Trump’s presidency, prejudices and inequality has risen and has not only been poorly addressed but promoted by our figurehead that is supposed to represent the United States of America. Despite the darkness and divisiveness that has followed this past election, some good has come from it– the emergence of non-profits, grassroot organizations, and marches and protests that stress inclusivity and diversity have sprouted. Amongst the most profound response to the inequality and prejudices was the Women’s March on January 21, 2017.

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Thousands of protesters in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017 participating in one of the largest coordinated protests in the world

The Women’s March was iconic and unprecedented where over 5 million people of all different backgrounds came together for a single purpose– to stand up for the rights of women and stress feminism and equality. What was even more amazing was that this movement occurred not only in America, but on all seven continents (that’s right, even on Antarctica) emphasizing that feminism is relevant and necessary everywhere. A mix of different groups protesting for different rights all had a place in this movement because feminism tackles intersectionalities, social injustices, the equality for all. Despite the progressiveness of this dynamic group, there were concerns and divisions even inside a space that expresses the opposite. Some individuals were unwilling to align feminism with being an issue related to race, others felt that it was not inclusive enough and still focused on white women feminism.

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Protesters for the Women’s March of 2017. Photo from the New York Times

While the March has hiccups, it is a strong, powerful beginning to an era of meaningful and persistent protesting for our rights. Hopefully, the upcoming women’s march in 2018 which squelch some of the issues that arose from the one last year and stress an even more solidified and unified group of marchers. In these dark times, I am certain that the future is female, and this is only the beginning of a historic chapter of feminism.

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