By: Katherine Ackermann
January 20th, 2017, marked the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States of America, but more importantly, produced the first nationwide Women’s March. Now exactly a year later, the Women’s March is back again, seeming more special and important than ever before, considering the hectic and alarming year 2017 was in the world of women’s rights.
It seems as though every day a new sexual misconduct allegation arose, and every day it was revealed that yes, bad things are happening to women in the shadows of power. But women, and men, around the country have truly decided Time’s UP!
After the #MeToo movement, where women and men all around the world revealed their person sexual abuse stories to the Internet world, women entertainers decided to start the Time’s Up Movement, which aims to shaken up the decades old ways of the entertainment industry.
Proof of this is the successful Women’s March this past week, with women, men, and children, marching side by side owning their cities. Many women celebrities, from actresses to singers and more, all had powerful speeches at this years Women’s March.
Here are two great moments of the 2018 Women’s March:
Natalie Portman’s Powerful Speech “Sexual Terrorism”
From the young age of thirteen, Portman was exposed to constant sexualization which had a huge effect on not only in her acting life, but her personal life. She was constantly worried that people would view her sexually so for many years she was ashamed, embarrassed, and scared to be herself.
“The response to my expression from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism.”
Watch the full speech here:
Halsey’s Moving Poem
Singer Halsey spoke about her personal experiences, from helping a friend who was raped at fourteen years old, to being forced to perform sexual acts to her boyfriend. People all over the world are celebrating her speech for her encouraging closing:
“So love your neighbor, please treat her kindly
Ask her story and then shut up and listen
Black, Asian, poor, wealthy, trans, cis, Muslim, Christian
Listen, listen and then yell at the top of your lungs
Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues
For the people who had to grow up way too young
There is work to be done
There are songs to be sung
Lord knows there’s a war to be won”
Watch the full speech here:
Hopefully, the Women’s March protests continue as a tradition every year until all people are treated equally. The Women’s March isn’t only fighting for women, it’s fighting for black women, LGBTQ+ women, victims of sexual abuse, and anyone else who has been discriminated against.
When the day comes when there is true equality, we can still continue the Women’s March as a joyous celebration, and give thanks to all the people who stood up and said enough is enough.
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