Updated: Oct 13, 2022
We march because we have the reason and right to! Women do not have the same fundamental rights as men. Abigail Adams, one of our first ladies, reminded her husband when he and fellow founding fathers were writing the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, "I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” They did forget to extend the same rights to all, though.
Almost 150 years later, women would be granted the right to vote by ratifying the 19th Amendment. Although there were some exceptions, for example, the women atop Lookout Mountain, Tennessee who voted in a 1918 election. But our fight for equality did not end with obtaining the vote. It is still an ongoing fight for equality. According to a 2021 World Economic Forum report, it will be another 136 years before women reach equality with men. That was before our privacy, health, and voting rights were in jeopardy as legal precedents are in the process of being repealed. Since the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, one feels certain that the timeline has extended by about 50+ years.
To be honest, women are not willing to wait that long, so we MARCH. See, when a woman cannot make a decision about her own healthcare, then women and men are not equal in the eyes of the law. We march for equality. When do we want it - NOW! Join us tomorrow at the women's march. Men, if you love the women in your life, please join us. All are welcome who stand on the right side of history, "...Remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors."
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