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Why the Women's Marches Do Not Represent Me!

Updated on March 16, 2017
The womens marches don't represent me!
The womens marches don't represent me! | Source

Women's suffrage, the right to own land, Women in the workplace, these are all things that feminists have worked, and fought for in the past. Women's equality in life, work, and finances, was worth the fight, and sacrifice was involved! I'm so grateful for that because without them I wouldn't be able to vote, work, or maybe even write this article. But, what about the modern day feminists? It seems like they made a 180 and ran in the other direction from what feminism used to be. They have the right to peacefully assemble, if that is indeed what they continue to do, but I don't agree with what they are looking to accomplish.

Pro-choice anti-violence contradictions:

If you look on the womens march website, there are a number of contradictions right there. I'll start with just one of their principles:

"We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.” (womensmarch.com)

That is all well and good, and it sounds good on paper. But, when you do a little more research, you can see what that really means. There are 10 sponsors and two of them are pro-choice or abortion providers Planned Parenthood, and NARAL. So, 20% are very anti-life. So, what about the pro-life people?

The New Wave Feminists:

Have you heard of them? Not many have, but they are worth mentioning. They actually wanted to join the Women's march via sponsorship or partnership, but were declined. This group has nearly every other principle in common with the women's marches, except one thing. They are pro-life.

Is it a march for women? Or abortion?

It makes you question what the women's marches are really all about? They say this “Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies.” But they don't act on it. Abortion is violent to the woman, and the baby. Yet, if you aren't pro-choice you aren't in unity with the womens marches. Interesting.

Rasmea Yousef Odeh – A day without a woman organizer – convicted terrorist:

There is so much right here! Back in Ms. Odeh's homeland of Palestine, she was a member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization. She was convicted for her part in the bombing of the British consulate, and she killed two Isreali students in a bombing. They were grocery shopping! She served 10 years in prison for these crimes. Then, the somehow got away with falsifying her application and moved to the US. Now, as she awaits trial for this, she is a key organizer in “A Day without a Women.” (the blaze) So, women deserve to live free healthy lives free from forms of violence against out bodies, except if you are in Palestine. Or Odeh wouldn't be an organizer of a peaceful march.

A day without women: The women it hurt

The American Federation of Teachers is a sponsor of the womens marches. Therefore, there were schools associated with them that shut down for the march. There are many great teachers out there, many are women. But, when the schools shut down, and kids had to stay home. It's worth looking at the trickle down effect. Let's take for example, the single mom. She does not have the luxury of potentially losing her job to do the march. Her kids rely on her. However, the school shutting down for the march has really hurt her. She has a handful of options, but none are very good. She could stay home with her kids, assuming she can not work from home, she will lose a days wages. She can try to work from home with the kids there, as a WAHM this is no easy task! She can hire a babysitter at her expense. When these teacher were marching 'for women' during a day without a woman. Those were the women who got hurt, not helped.


“Women birth half the population, and we are half the population”. Nelini Stamp Working Families party – A Day without a woman marching

Who birthed the other half? (the daily caller). OK, you can't fight biology on this one, despite what Ms. Stamp believes....only women can birth babies. Whether that baby is a boy or a girl, only a woman can do it. Boys are not born with the parts to birth a baby. I can't believe I even have to say that. That reason is enough to not want to be part of this movement. I don't want to have to explain the birds and the bees to grown women. I'm not that ignorant. Maybe Ms. Stamp should consider a health class at her local college so she's more informed next time they do a march. I want nothing to do with this.


All in all, the womens march does nothing productive. I respect the womens right to peacefully assemble. However, I disagree with to many things they are trying to push. I can't be OK with abortion because I know exactly what happens during one. It's violent. It hurts women in so many ways. I can't get behind a day without a woman if one of the organizers is a convicted terrorist. As someone who is opposed to terrorism, I can't stand behind that. As someone who cares about the single moms out there, I can't get behind a march that hurts them.

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    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 6 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is one of the most reasonable responses to this debate I have ever read. All the best!

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      Rebekah 6 months ago from Georgia

      Kathleen you are correct on some points. The welfare of our children and of women in violent homes is very important to our society. They should not be overlooked. Fortunately, there are many organizations who have a strong desire to help them. This goes for empowering women to rise above their circumstances, and make great lives for themselves via education skills training etc. These should be publicized more and they are not which is sad. But, they do exist.

      However, many woman who have had abortions felt it was their only option or felt coerced into the procedure. The ones that I have personally met were not relieved after the procedure but guilt ridden and depressed. You can not be pro life and pro choice at the same time. Abortions ends a the life that pro lifers aim to save. On that note, it is also vital to look out for the mother. If she has an abortion because she is living in a violent home, what was solved? She is still in the violent home. We need to get her out! You are correct where are the marches for them? They have value too and don't deserve to be shoved under the rug.

      Ms. Stamps intent can be what she wants. However, her comment is inaccurate. But, we have free speech in this country so she can say what she would like.

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Women do birth half the population. More than half. Women are 50+% of the population. Yes, they also birth men. That wasn't her point.

      And many, many babies are conceived in violence. But whether they are or not, some of us pro-choice women are also pro-life. But we are pro whole life. We care what happens to that baby after it is born. Too many pro-lifers have bowed out by that point. We care if that child lives in a safe place, if her parents have jobs capable of supporting her and her siblings, if she goes to a competent school and doesn't get shot there or on the way to or from it. We care if she gets the preventative medical care she needs, and the point of need care when she is sick or hurt. We care if she lives in a home that is not dominated by a violent man so that she doesn't become one of the women in the world who are most at-risk from the man in their lives. Whole life. Not just birth. Where are the masses marching in the streets for that?