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Students, faculty advocate for rights at second annual Women’s March

Ben Wang

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Horace Mann students and faculty protested at the second annual Women’s March on Saturday January 20th, 2017.
English teacher Rebecca Bahr went along with her husband, son, and mother. She wanted “to protest the state of the Union,” Bahr said.
Natalie Sweet (9) went both years. Despite attending the march last year, “I still feel like the attitude towards women in this country, especially by our President, is not how it should be,” Sweet said. “True equality has not been achieved yet.”
“It was a moment of solidarity with people expressing their discontent. A lot of people sit back and don’t vote because they don’t think their vote counts. [It was] a national conversation about women, men, and power, and how we can make a better world, both politically and in daily life,” Bahr said.
Reina McNutt (10) and her mother went to the march this year and last year and hope to make it an annual event. “Trump is not gone yet. We still have to protest, and we still have to be part of the movement. I feel like a part of something larger and for myself, just to know that I can do something. It’s good to reassure myself that I’m not the only one that feels this way,” McNutt said.
“I saw people that were in wheelchairs, people that were three, people that were 93,” Sweet said. “People in America share the same unifying idea that the country is not unified, nor is our President doing enough to unify it. A lot of people feel that they are still not treated equally.”
This year, fewer people marched than last year. According to the New York Times, more than 200,000 women, men, children, and grandparents marched in New York this year while over 400,000 attended last year.
“Last year was just so much anger and just marching. This year it was more focused on transferring this into action,” Bahr said. Anger pushed a lot of people to march, but it was different this year, she said.
It’s very powerful to see so many upset people representing different causes, like Immigrant Rights, Dreamers, DACA, and Worker’s Rights, come together, Bahr said. These marches are important, but “discussions should follow,” she said.
Ben Parker (12) didn’t attend the march this year due to a previous engagement, but he went last year, he said.
“[The marches] spike some interest in the young people growing up now by hearing a different perspective,” said Parker.
Bahr, Sweet, McNutt, and Parker all urge people to attend the next Women’s March, to change the country. “If there are people standing up for their ideals, they can make a change,” Sweet said.

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