Why We March (And Why It Matters)

Wellness Editor Brooke Klauer shares why she (and all of us at Clementine) will be proudly marching this weekend - plus, a list of resources and details for those across the world who will be joining us for this historical event!
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Illustration Credit: Kimothy Joy

Illustration Credit: Kimothy Joy

A few years ago I read an article in (the now defunct) More Magazine about the righteous anger of girls. The condensed version is this: women, girls, females—all of us—feel stifled and restricted for much of our lives. It’s exhausting, really, to need permission to have emotions outside of the box, especially when the world doesn’t give us leeway to be less than okay. “The world is hard on women,” the author writes. I agree.

So here we are again, continuing on in an attempt to move it all forward. (I wanted to write “here we are again, as always” but the hope is that we won’t always be left fighting, we won’t always need to stand shoulder to shoulder for male leaders to hear us and we won’t need to shatter ceilings because we won’t always be boxed in.) Our mothers and grandmothers did it, and we do now for our daughters and sons—the hard, tireless work so our rights are not rolled back, so we feel respected and empowered as women in our country.

On Saturday our righteous anger turns into a movement, because enough with the silent stewing. Our collective voice will rise and be heard. The Women’s March on Washington (and her Sister Marches across the world) vows to represent not just women, but all those marginalized, all those whose rights have been shoved aside or overlooked. It’s an affirmation of diversity, of human dignity, of power in the people.

And its message isn’t anti or of protest, rather one of unity, solidarity and peace. Because when women rise, we all rise. Humanity needs champions, and we won’t wait for someone else to own the responsibility. To borrow from President Obama’s farewell address: “It falls to each of us to be those anxious jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours.” Human rights are urgent, women’s rights are necessary—and the conversation needs repeating, over and over.

So from Seattle to Detroit to Washington, and miles in between, we’ll be marching. We march in solidarity toward inclusivity, to protect, improve and move forward our democracy. And together we’ll continue on as we always have, but with hope that the anger that delivered us here will eventually afford us more.

Here are a few friends of the March, specifics about the day and other ways to support the cause:

New details are posted regularly on the Women’s March on Instagram

Tips for those marching (including: keep your cool and don’t engage with anti-march protesters ever)

Information about the virtual march to include those with disabilities

Suggested reading: a syllabus to contextualize women’s fight for rights

Kimothy Joy: illustrator of feminism and social change (free downloads here)

Samantha Hahn: illustrator who created free poster downloads for the March

The Amplifier Foundation: artists have created visual messaging for the March

Everlane: support their 100% Human campaign and $5 will be donated to ACLU for each purchase

A list of organizations that need monetary support to continue championing human rights

And, if you can’t attend on Saturday, here are ways to stand in support from home and also five ways to channel your energy into activism beyond.

p.s. We will be kicking off an exciting new event series this evening, the first of which coincides with the March - be sure to follow our Instagram stories for a peek, and keep a lookout for a follow up post next week!