From The Reclaim: Regardless of what happens in 2020, women must keep marching
The women’s march emerged out of the fury that followed the election of Donald Trump, descending on Washington, D.C. and the White House in a flurry of pink hats shouting that we wouldn’t let our voices be silenced.
The Women’s March has evolved since its inception, but has continued to show up every year, not only in the nation’s capital, but across the country, in cities as varied as Dallas and Philadelphia. If Donald Trump is reelected, the Women’s March would almost certainly continue the fight, focusing on the 2024 presidential election and the local and state elections in the interim. And yet with two women presidential candidates recently endorsed by The New York Times and a potential shakeup in the White House this year, it would be easy to become complacent and believe that the Women’s March has accomplished what it set out to achieve. This would be a mistake.
Women’s voices are often dismissed in the workplace, from small businesses all the way to Congress; the gender pay gap is growing; a woman’s right to choose is threatened by a wave of conservative judge appointments. While it would be nice to sit back and say, “we did it,” the truth is far more complex. We may never be done fighting for our basic rights.
To think that our fight ends at an election ignores decades of inequality, voter suppression and gender bias. It dismisses the very real way in which voters, particularly voters of color, are systematically being disenfranchised through voter ID laws. And it does a disservice to the women who are fighting for equal rights every day.
It would be amazing to see a woman in the Oval, but it’s far from a guarantee. And even if a woman becomes our next president, she will not automatically be able to eliminate the sexism, racism, and xenophobia that pervades our society. It is our responsibility to keep fighting for justice. It is upon all of us to continue the fight: voting more women into office (on both sides of the aisle); continuing to call our senators and representatives; advocating for our peers and elevating other women; and continuing to march.