By: KIANA McDONALD
During the first Women’s March since January 18th 2020, women and allies gathered at over 400 locations across the US and at The Freedom Plaza in Washington DC on October 17th to honor the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and protest Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to take her place on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon, died at 87 years old on September 18, 2020 and left an amazing legacy behind. She advocated for women’s rights throughout her lifetime and successfully fought against gender discrimination during her 27 years on the US Supreme Court.
Amy Coney Barret, who serves as a circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals, has been nominated to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat as a Supreme Court Justice. As Barret plans to shift the US Supreme Court from a 5-4 conservative majority to a 6-3 majority, women are terrified as to how their rights will change with this variation.
Just 17 days before election day, participants have made it clear that American’s top priority should be voting on or before November 3rd. Republican senators are endlessly working to officially appoint Barrett in the Supreme court, a controversial nominee. Marches voiced their concerns about how abortion laws could change with a more conservative Supreme Court. Allison Barnabe told National Public Radio, “The fact that I am living in a country now where I am concerned, and I’ve never had to be, is a very scary thought.”
Along with solicitudes regarding Barret’s plans, another central theme of these Women’s Marches is voting Donald Trump out of office. Sonja Spoo, a participant in the Women’s March in Washington DC, said, “Donald Trump is leaving office and there is no choice for him — it is our choice — and we are voting him out come Nov. 3.” Signs promoting the removal of Trump and the support of Joe Biden for President were seen in abundance. In New York, marchers chanted “Donald Trump has to go”.
Participants also marched with signs that read, “Don’t worry Ruth, we’ve got this”, “Vote, and tell them Ruth sent you”, and “We must now be ruthless” to urge women to vote and oppose the nomination of Barrett. Marchers in Washington DC stood outside the Supreme Court building and admired a billboard sign that read, “March to honor her seat” that featured an art piece of the late Ginsburg. Along with posters in remembrance, many women wore black robes with a white lace collar to represent her iconic look.
Women are confident that their voices at October 17th’s Women’s March will have a great influence on the outcome of this year’s election. For more information on 2020’s Presidential election, visit https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote.