The historic Women’s March on Washington took place today (January 21), and it drew approximately 500,000 people to D.C. in support of women’s rights. Among those people were plenty of celebrities, including America Ferrera and Ashley Judd who both gave extremely powerful speeches.
America and Ashley weren’t the only famous women who spoke at the March today – feminist icon Gloria Steinem also took the stage to give a speech that will be remembered for years to come.
Gloria began her speech by saying, “Friends, sisters and brothers, all of you who are before me today and in 370 marches in every state in this country and on six continents and those who will be communing with us in one at 1 [p.m.] in a silent minute for equality in offices, in kitchens, in factories, in prisons, all over the world. I thank each of you, and I especially want to thank the hardworking visionary organizers of this women-led, inclusive march, one of whom managed to give birth while she was organizing this march. Who else can say that?”
She went on to talk about the impactful leaders of both the past and present. “We remember the death of the future, with Martin Luther King, with Jack Kennedy, with Bobby Kennedy, with Malcom X,” Gloria said. “Without those deaths for instance, Nixon would not have been elected, and there would not have been many of the wars that we had. Now, our great leaders like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are still with us and remember how much we feared they might not be, and how much threat there was, in fact, on their lives. And they are with us.”
Her speech contained some harsh words about Donald Trump, expressing her belief that he is unfit for office. “Trump and his handlers have found a fox for every chicken coop in Washington, and a Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger. Some very experienced doctors of the American Psychiatric Association have publicly written to warn us that, and I quote, ‘His widely reported symptoms of mental instability, including grandiosity, impulsivity, hyper-sensitivity to slights or criticisms, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality, lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office.’ Unquote. This was on full display in his inaugural address yesterday. Everything that happened before him was a disaster. And everything that he would do would be fantastic, the best ever, miracles, and all the superlatives.”
But Gloria encourages all of us to join the resistance, explaining that we cannot be torn apart if we choose to be unified. Our collective voice demands to be heard – and we will never give up. “We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world in which all countries are connected. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections. We are at one with each other, we are looking at each other, not up. No more asking daddy. We are linked. We are not ranked. And this is a day that will change us forever because we are together. Each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again.”
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