I have invested a bit of time trying to figure out exactly what the Women’s March on Washington was about. I looked at their mission statement and several times I shook my head in disbelief.
“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”¹
I have no qualms with this and truly believe it to be of the utmost importance. However, the mission statement initially discussed previous rhetoric that was tasteless to say the least. Free speech can be a pain in the arse, especially when one does not agree with the author/voice. You take on a huge demographic in your mission statement, one that really goes beyond women (religion, disabled, ethnicity, victims). I ask who are you marching for? Everyone or just women? I would like to think everyone, but it was a women’s march. I appreciate you taking a stand to defend “the most marginalized among us” but I doubt you fully understand your statement. I certainly don’t.
“We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”¹
For all of who? Women or all Americans? Maybe even further and say the world! Calling on defenders of human rights, great, but are you asking they defend all humans? The WMW was stated to be about “marginalized women”but appeared to be more about those who were upset with the rhetoric, not human rights. Reading the mission statement I get this sense of inclusion and we are all together, working as one in this big world, as we are humans. I got that until the “We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society” statement. I am not upset that there is a quest for women’s rights and equality, I am simply asking- what the hell is your mission?
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”¹
The only thing I can say concerning your mission statement is that it is not a mission statement I could stand behind. To all of the ladies who have good intentions and feel as if women are not treated as you desire, I ask you for all of us, get your mission straight. Know what your agenda is, know what you are fighting for. The march on Washington was not about women’s rights, or fear of losing what we have achieved already.
It was about the now President, Donald Trump. You may hate him, you might have ill thoughts about him, you may wish that your march made a difference and forced him out of the white house, but that didn’t happen and honestly it won’t work.
The world is watching and they are waiting for our government to fall. Find a way, make a real difference, stand for a cause in a way that no one can deny. Appeal to humanity. Demand that President Trump succeed in “making America great” for all.