More than 500 demonstrations took place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., in support of the Women’s March “Women’s Wave” initiative in preparation for the midterm elections next month.
Organizers of the march worked to mobilize voters to make sure that more women who support social change and reproductive rights are elected. Marchers headed to Capitol Hill shouting call and response chants such as, “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like” and “My body, my choice.”
Crowds held signs in the shape of waves as part of the “Women’s Wave” action plan. Joyce, a D.C. resident, expressed her concerns over the male majority in elected positions. “We need to have governance that reflects the population, and governance is way overpopulated with white males,” said Joyce.
She wasn’t the only one with this opinion. Nina, another protestor with similar sentiments, said, “We need women in office to understand women’s issues. We can’t have men who don’t understand why we’re here and what we’re fighting for making decisions for us.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that has rallied supporters and allies of abortion rights to go to the polls.
“Presenting a unified front is super important, even if the issues don’t directly correlate to me,” said Griffin, a D.C. student from Colorado. “I think people who look like me should definitely show up and show out because a lot of our history has been defined by the decisions of predominantly white men.”
The Women’s March will continue holding demonstrations leading up to election day on Nov. 8 and well after. To find those events, visit womensmarch.com.