The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions of people around the world participated, including many Galileo students and staff, in what has become known as the ‘Women’s March’ in a protest against him and his social beliefs. According to SFGate, the purpose of the march wasn’t focused on Trump becoming president, it was more concentrated on pushing for the rights of women and minorities. SFGate stated that the march took place from 3 PM to 8 PM, and started with speakers in a rally at Civic Center, after that the march made its way down market street at ended at the Justin Herman plaza.
With Galileo students and staff originally protesting on and before inauguration day, it is no surprise that many of them also attended the women’s march the following day. “The women’s march was a movement that came about because women were chatting on Facebook after Trump’s election saying ‘since everything he said about women was negative, we should have a march,’ and from there it mushroomed,” said Nurse Kitchell, who attended the march. She also talked about why she was present at the march saying, “I do not feel positive in any way about the new president’s agenda, so being a part of a march that expressed feelings that I have; that all people deserve to be treated with equal dignity, is why I went.”
Another person part of the Galileo staff, Ms. Ford, who was also at the march stated, “The women’s march was a time and place for all people to gather and support women’s rights.” She also talked about her wishes march saying “I’m hoping movements like the women’s march inspire change, so all women feel safe and supported in this world.” Ms. Ford was also driven by her students to attend, she said “the girls in my algebra 2 class inspired me to be there. I’d like to see more opportunities for girls and women in STEM.” Ms. Morrison also took part in the march and stated “it was basically a march against all the threats towards human rights under this administration, we’ve heard so many verbal attacks on either immigration or sexuality, or women who seek out the right to do what they want with their body, so that day was to march on behalf of human rights, not just women.” She also said “I couldn’t not be a part of the march, a lot of it began with just my views around voting and participating in both politics and activism due to what women have done historically so that I can, so many women did what they had to do so that I can participate in shaping politics.”
Students also played an active role in the march. Senior Christine L. talked about her will to be a part of it, saying, “I wanted to protest the election, but it was during school, so I thought it would be best to go to the march since it was over the weekend, and it was something I believed in.” Another student Chifu Q. says “All these people were expressing their emotions towards how Trump would treat women like less,” and he added,“I took part in the protest because I support women power.”
The women’s march was historic considering the numbers, SFGate stated that approximately 100,000 people marched in San Francisco, holding signs, playing music, and peacefully making their message clear, since no arrests were made. Nurse Kitchell also mentioned how “there were 637 marches across the world, at least one march on every continent.”