“Women’s rights are human rights!” “Pussy! Power!” “Fight like a girl!” The chants rang throughout the streets of downtown San Diego, as men and women alike marched to protect their rights. In response to President Trump and the policies he has promised to bring into the White House, an estimated 30,000 San Diegans flooded the Civic Center Plaza, donning signs and tee shirts in support of reproductive rights, the LGBT+ community, Black Lives Matter, and more.
The morning began with speeches at 10 a.m., rallying up the expansive crowd. The stream of people in the intersections seemed endless, and some workers in nearby buildings smiled and waved at the marchers below. Speakers reminded marchers to guard their rights and continue fighting day after day. The national anthem concluded stage performances. Marchers, while protesting the American government, paid their respects, acknowledging that they had gathered to improve their country, not overthrow it.
From staff to students, Sundevils made a presence at the San Diego Women’s March, making their political voices heard. History teacher Mindy Davis was reminded of her collegiate days as an intern for the National Organization for Women.
“I wanted to become more politically active recently,” Davis said. “You see things in the news that upset you, about how women are treated and how expectations for men and women are different. This was by far the biggest [demonstration] that I had ever been involved in, but it was very encouraging and exciting.”
The size of the Women’s March proved to be a large factor, as other groups such as environmentalists and immigrants showed their support. Fellow history teacher Megan Ellsworth marched as well, showing concerns for the Earth.
“We are one of the only [countries] that still have this question, ‘Is [climate change] real or is it not,’” Ellsworth said. “It is. I have three children, and I am very concerned about what we are doing.”
This intersectionality was evident in Ellsworth’s poster of choice, which read, “Why we march: Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall.” The hashtag #WhyWeMarch has been widely popularized due to Women’s Marches worldwide, allowing protesters to share the issues that have empowered them to participate.
“My ‘Why I March’ is because no means no, black lives matter, and love is love,” Davis said. This country was founded in the midst of rebellion. As America Ferrera said, “We are America. And we are here to stay. We will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.” The vast and diverse amount of Americans who participated in the Women’s March reaffirm that even 200 years later, democracy is still alive and well.