A week after the Inauguration of Donald Trump, politically active women across America could choose to make themselves heard at two major rallies revolving around women’s issues. They could attend a pro-choice, feminist march known as the Women’s March or they could wait one week and attend the 44th annual pro-life, March for Life.
Some lucky few, such as myself, were able to attend both.
The marches had their similarities. Both marches were held in D.C. Both marches were heavily attended by women. And both marches attracted people from all over the country to participate. But each march was not made equal.
Being physically at the marches, it is easy to recognize differences between the two. In fact, some of the differences were downright stunning. Take a look for yourself, perhaps you will agree.
Young Adults at the March for LifeImage Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Young Adults at the Women’s MarchImage credit: Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images
Examples of inclusion at The March for LifeImage Credit: Destiny Herndon-de La Rosa/New Wave Feminists, used with permission
Examples of “inclusion” at the Women’s March
Horrified that the @womensmarch has partnered w/an anti-choice org. Plse reconsider – inclusivity is not about bolstering those who harm us.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 16, 2017
Well, that's just plain rude. A man ripped up an SFLA team member's sign at the Women's March in DC.
Posted by Students for Life of America on Monday, January 23, 2017
Signs at the March for LifeImage credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Image Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Image Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Signs at the Women’s MarchImage Credit: Ebet Roberts/Getty Images
Image Credit: Cynthia Edorh/Getty Images
Image Credit: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images
Attire at The March for LifeImage Credit: ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images Image Credit:TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images
Attire at the Women’s MarchImage Credit:Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Speakers at the March for LifeImage Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Image Credit: Tasos Katopodis/AFP/Getty Images Image Credit: Somodevilla/Getty Images
Speakers at the Women’s MarchImage Credit: by Araya Diaz/Getty Images Image Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
Men at the March for LifeImage Credit: ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images
Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Men at the Women’s MarchImage Credit: Ebet Roberts/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Image Credit: JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images
The main reason for the 1st Annual Women’s March.Image Credit: Cynthia Edorh/Getty Images
The main reason for the 44th Annual March for Life.Image credit: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images
Only one march persuaded me to attend again.