What comes to mind when you think of the color pink?
Maybe you identify pink with the color of the dress you wore yesterday, or the blush you put on as you prepared for your day. Maybe you think of the color of a newborn baby’s cheeks as it screams breath into its lungs. Or pink as in the color of the sunrise and sunset, flitting in with blues and oranges and reds; signaling the end of one day and the beginning of another.
And maybe, just maybe, pink is the color you think of that was and is donned by men, women, and children to show unity, and willingness for social change.
On January 21, 2017, somewhere close to “5 million…worldwide” (WomensMarch.com) donned the color pink and marched to show unity across the globe. The marchers used pink as their color to show they were standing together to ask for equal rights and consideration of minorities and rights for women.
Now if you were slightly confused at what was being marched for, the organization that began the Women’s March is a group of people who are passionate about making sure voices will be heard in order for minorities and individual’s rights to be recognized across a national stage. As stated on their webpage, Women’s March.com says, “We join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.” (Mission)
The goal of the March was to bring together a great deal of people to show solidarity in asking for respect for all people, while following the five guiding principles: “Nonviolence, Community, Attack Forces of Evil, Not People, Accept Suffering, Avoid Internal Violence,” (WomensMarch.com).
The March on Washington D.C. as well as Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, and hundreds of other locations brought together a huge amount of people wearing pink who were full of passion and hope. The large turnout surprised many, thus making the rights of women a pivotal focus.
This overall peaceful protest surprised the world and showed how many people are ready for change. Many of the people who marched represented the LGBTQ community, were from various religious backgrounds, or were women, children, and men who held signs up asking the government for a realization of rights. Many of the marchers, over the course of the years, talked about how they had felt the sting of insult and the frustration of feeling like they have had no voice to vocalize their fears, maintain their own human privileges and feel a lack of acceptance for who they are as a person, because of the lack of acceptance of individual beliefs.
The movement showed more than just solidarity. It showed a deep passion that people are ready for change. People are ready to be treated well.
So now that the March is over, what is something you can do to help?
Well, the Women’s March is daily updating a list of things you can do to request help from your Senators and Government. This list is called, 10 Actions in 100 Days, and offers ways for individuals to make a difference. On the WomensMarch.com page, you can also find a list of additional resources for staying involved.
Even if you choose not to participate in these actions, the idea of creating an equal environment for all goes well beyond politics. This reaches beyond the executive buildings of legislature and starts a bit closer to home. It starts with reaching out a hand to someone, having conversations with people and encouraging others to stand up for what is right and what they believe in.
The color pink stretched far and wide on January 21. On that day, it was the color of fighters, believers, peace-keepers, and passionate people who believed in change. The color of pink represents the unity that many people felt, and still feel. It was the color to signal to the people who have felt left out that no individual is alone.
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