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Feminist March Not Open to All Women

On January 24, the day after the inauguration of President elect Donald Trump, women from all walks of life gather in Washington D.C and other big cities around the country protesting women’s rights. In an attempt to send a loud message to the new administration, these women walked in solidarity with one another.

Supposedly feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Although in the march for feminism, seemingly for all women’s rights, not all women were allowed the right to protest their beliefs in the march. U.S. News & World Report “ revealed organizers removed one of the sponsors of the march due to outrage over the sponsor’s pro-life views.” The sponsor claims that she is apart of a group called New Wave feminists who also oppose Trump’s presidency but believe in pro-life. In response to this group wanting to march, organizers of the march claimed that the platform is a pro-choice one which advocates for “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people,” which is ultimately why the pro-life group is no longer welcome to participate. Feminists have always lived by the ideal of diversity and freedom of expression and choice, though in this march, organizations like Planned  Parenthood and NARAL pro-choice America were as diverse as it got. Unfortunately, there was no room for a pro-life group at the march representing and celebrating the diversity of feminism.

Due to recurring issues such as the march, new wave feminists feel “progressive feminists” can’t see or understand the fact that pro-life women also want women to have access to health care; they just don’t believe abortion is health care or that taxpayer dollars should fund it. “Feminists stand together with their partners and children for the protection of their given rights, their safety,  health, and families, recognizing that their vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of the country,  yet they fail to include women of diverse opinions.

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