Just in case you missed it on Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration of president Donald Trump, protest marches were held in support of women's rights and other social issues.
Although the focus of the day was the Women's March on Washington, many people attended the hundreds of "sister marches" that occurred around the U.S. and the globe. People from all different backgrounds, ages and genders marched in solidarity and in opposition to the values they believe Trump represents. According to womensmarch.com, there were 673 marches in over 200 cities with an estimated 5,000,000 people total in attendance. One of those people was USF’s very own, Diana Viveros.
I interviewed Diana in hopes to gain a perspective from someone who is in our age group.
What's your major and year?
Junior, Marketing major with minors in Management and Political Science.
Is this your first time attending a march?
Nope, the first march I attended was about 10 years ago; it was to fight for immigration rights and for a new reform.
Why did you go to the Women's March?
Since I was younger, my mom always taught me to fight for my rights and for the rights of my neighbors. It just felt right for me to go. People there were not just marching for women’s rights but for many other rights that were threatened by the new administration. I felt that I needed to do something, and even though marching is something small, if we all march in big numbers we can make a huge impact.
What is one thing you will take away from attending the march?
The kindness people demonstrated that day was amazing. I remember when the new president was elected I was sad and felt like the world was against me just for who I am. I feel like many people do not take the time to look into the perspective of what other people go through and are just worried about what benefits themselves. Going to this march made me gain the faith in humanity that I had lost.
Is there anything you would change about the event?
What do you hope will come from the event?
I hope more people wake up and see all those who marched and that it's all those people who currently feel threatened by the new administration.
It is still not clear on what political impact the marches have on the Trump administration or republicans in Congress. In addition, I think the question going forward is whether the marches were a simply moment for people upset over Trump's victory or a step forward in a movement, that hopes to protect the rights of others.