Southeastern women were among 5 million women worldwide who participated in state marches for women’s equality.
“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country,” is the Women’s March vision and statement. The impact of this group and its vision has reached women of all ages, especially women that are about to start their careers.
Kalynn Barnum, a senior communication major, participated in a women’s march in Louisiana. Barnum attended the march in New Orleans on Jan. 21 following the example of the 1 million people in Washington D.C.
“I went because it was finally a chance to use the voice I was given to speak,” said Barnum.
Barnum saw no violence took place during her time at the march. She only saw supporting spectators. Her motivation for attending the march was showing that women have a voice.
The women’s march represented the equality of all people.
“It was very empowering for me and I feel it best represents me as a young black woman,” said Aliyah Martin, a sophomore education major.
While the march was a statement of equality, like every message, this statement can be interpreted in any form.
“I saw a huge lack of respect from everyone for other beliefs. The idea was great, but the results were more complicated in regard to respecting opinions and what the march stood for as a whole,” said Brittney Kubik, a freshman business major.
“I am proud to see women using their voice to speak out for themselves. Personally, I saw the protest as women using their rights to make a statement against Trump and his administration, which I believe in protesting against,” said Dominique Geraci, a freshman criminal justice major.