Story by Michelle Lane

Last week kicked off the second organized women’s march of what CNN calls Trumpmerica.

Women all across America gathered together to march against oppression and fight for their rights.  

At this time with movements like #MeToo and the Time’s Up initiative, the marches demonstrate that women stand together regardless of race, and how even men are rallying together to show their support of women and the idea of having a voice.

A guest speaker at one of the marches was singer Ashley Frangipane, more commonly known in the music industry as Halsey, who delivered an original free verse poem to a New York crowd recounting her assault experiences and encouraging those who have been assaulted to stand together.

The speech resonated with celebrities and fans going through identical struggles and conveyed the message that change is on the horizon.

Artists, actors and gymnasts are speaking out about their assaults, the man most recently accused being Olympic gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar. Accused of molesting more than 130 former patients, Nassar recently pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges in a deal that will put him behind bars for at least 40 to 175 years. It is heartbreaking to hear that even girls as young as 13 put their trust into a man who then betrayed and broke that trust.

A recent celebrity figure supporting the #MeToo movement was artist Kesha who gave an emotional, powerful, and moving performance of her song “Praying” during the 2018 Grammy Awards that gives insight into her own sexual and emotional abuse allegations against record producer Dr. Luke in 2014. Recently, the story of women’s mistreatment in Hollywood has come to fruition as both the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements attempt to bring justice to the women who have been mistreated, empowering those women to speak up about their issues and harassment.

In addition, the movement also recognizes transgender women who have become a controversial topic because of women who want rights strictly for women who were that gender from birth versus women who transitioned.

Regardless, the march was successful because the procession brought women’s rights to light and with the movements that are changing the way women are seen and thought of, it brings awareness to an even bigger issue that needs to be addressed. In the words of Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Women’s March is turning protesters into politicians…and activists, and canvassers, and phone bankers, and fundraisers.”

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