Women march for many causes, not just one issue

Women march for many causes, not just one issue

In response to Ron Valiquette’s letter last week concerning the Women’s March, I’d like to enlighten Mr. Valiquette and perhaps others of a couple of facts:

1. They are not “vagina hats,” as Mr. Valiquette misstated, worn to indicate a pro-choice stance; they are called “pussy hats,” the concept of which was born in protest of Trump’s statement that he feels free to grab females by the pussy – his own words. (That is a fact. That was the origin of the pink pussy hat.) One does not have to be either pro-life or pro-choice to stand up against the indecency and disrespect this man has shown toward the female gender. Anyone who is offended by his sexist stance may wear the hat in protest of his ugly words, regardless of their view on the single issue of abortion.

So I thought you should know that, and consider learning the truth about something before you preach about it.

2. The Woman’s March is not a single-issue movement. In Boston, I walked proudly among the millions upon millions of women worldwide in personal opposition to a vulgar, sexist person being elevated to the highest office in our nation. That, and protecting the environment were my personal causes for participating. Others walked in support of loved ones who were being minimalized – their gay brother, lesbian aunt, black best friend, Hispanic neighbor, transgender cousin. Yet others were there in protest of Trump’s cabinet appointees who they feared would undermine much of our country’s safeguards against corporate greed vs. good of the people; and others – myself included – to show their outrage toward the dismantling of environmental protections by this new administration.

All were there to support women’s rights – their right to equal treatment under the law – equal pay for equal work, etc. Some were there to defend their bodies from the hands of government – yes, there were many pro-choice women among the marches – but not all marchers were pro-choice.

It was a rainbow of humans, women joined by men and children, each there to march for what was most important to them. And though we stood shoulder to shoulder with people who may have been standing up for a cause we did not personally believe in for ourselves, it was the shared respect among the millions that yes, I hear you as a sister, yes, I acknowledge you and your concerns, and yes, I respect you for your courage to stand up for what you believe is right for you.

This is what the Women’s March is about.

Nancy O’Halloran