2020 Women’s March takes place during an election in a troubled country

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The fourth Women’s March during Donald Trump’s presidency occurred on October 17th, 2020. There has been a Women’s March every year since Trump’s inauguration. The first three took place towards the end of January, but this year’s march happened in mid-October. The march this year was not only in opposition to Trump’s leadership and his Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, but also a way to urge people to vote in the upcoming election.

Since the march this year stood for more than just the opposition of Trump’s leadership, the march had different aspects than previous iterations. This year, marchers gathered from 11:00 to 12:00 and rallied at Freedom Plaza from 12:00 to 1:00. During this rally, there were speakers from Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter DC, and representatives from Native American tribes who used to inhabit the DC area. At 1:00, the march began. It started at Freedom Plaza and paused at the Supreme Court before continuing down to the National Mall. After that, there was a text-banking telethon, where marchers sent out messages to help motivate voters.

There were many people there, all wearing masks and distancing when everyone met at Freedom Plaza. I took part in the march, and I noticed many interesting things. When the march descended onto the streets of Washington, people started chanting things like “dump Trump!” and “my body, my choice!” When we gathered in front of the Supreme Court, there were many Trump supporters and pro-life groups. They were all chanting and cheering for Barrett and Trump, along with preaching the word of the Bible and how that somehow correlates to a women’s right to chose. Something that surprised me and the group I was with was the number of young women waving Trump flags and claiming to be the pro-life generation. While some heated conversation occurred, nothing intense or dangerous happened. Everyone else focused on the speakers up front, who were from Colorado. They included active politicians, one just a young teenage girl. They spoke of the importance of voting and sticking up for everyone. Then, when everyone gathered at the National Mall, they instructed everyone on how to join the text-a-thon, where people sent out messages to their friends and family members reminding them to vote. 

Overall, the march was an amazing experience. Even with Covid-19 guidelines and distancing, you could feel the sense of community when everyone gathered, and during the march itself.