I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now. The Women’s March on Saturday, January 21st was echoed nationwide in protests from D.C. to LA to way back here in little ‘ole Athens. But why did this movement of human rights have a turnout even larger than the Presidential inauguration yesterday? The LA Times has been quoted saying that nearly 2.5 million people have turned out for these marches across the world, from Kenya to Toronto.
This size of human congregation? It can only be amounted to the ferocity of the cause on social media. From celebrity tweets to memes gone viral, if you haven’t heard of this equal rights movement by now, you must be living under a rock (or have had your phone turned off). Between hundreds of #WomensMarch, #NastyWomen, and #whyimarch hashtags, this movement is a prime example of a grassroots demonstration of social media’s influence. As it began as a Facebook page for those who’s voices seemed silenced by the recent governmental environment and the election itself, it has now turned into a full on movement with it’s own Twitter handle of @womensmarch.
And if anyone follows celebrities like Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Jessica Chastain, or Charlize Theron (to name a few), then you would know that your Instagram feed is currently flooded with the movement’s pictures. Keep in mind that these celebrities have up to 6 million followers just on Instagram alone. That’s 6 million people having access to these photopraphs, propoganda, hashtags, etc. Amy Schumer posted 17 photos of the march and the cause itself just in the past 24 hours. The reach that this movement has is truly incredible. And rightfully so!
As someone who was unable to march today due to having to wait tables in order to pay for birth control that may soon be deprived from so many, I am proud of the women who did make a statement today; either digitally through social media or in physical presence.
P.S.- This photo is my friend and roommate marching in D.C., advocating for equal rights for all! How proud I am to have friends that believe in something bigger than themselves.