I wanted to go to the women’s march yesterday. But there was a level of discomfort I had, and I hadn’t been able to quite put my finger on it. However, as I was looking at pics from the event, it kind of struck me: I think the reason I don’t feel comfortable is that I feel as though the women’s marches are more about pushing agendas that I don’t agree with than supporting ALL women. Even the Sacramento Bee wrote, “The Sacramento Women’s March is partly a rally calling on Democrats to show up and vote in November’s congressional election.”
As an example, one of the four pillars of this women’s march was immigration. I pulled this from their website: “We support sanctuary cities and state laws, DACA, equal pay, safety and benefits for those with all levels of immigration status…”. I support finding a way for those innocent children who came here at the behest of their parents long ago to stay in the only home they’ve ever known. However, I believe we need to be prudent and thoughtful about immigration. There are thousands upon thousands of people who have been waiting in line to get into this great country (another area for drastic reform), while others circumvent the process and sneak in. I think it’s in our country’s best interest to have major immigration reform to streamline the system, while also remembering that we cannot be everything to everyone. Knowing their platform proudly disagrees with me, and the content of what they spoke from the pulpit makes me feel like I am not welcome.
Many photos I saw yesterday were of signs promoting a women’s right to choose abortion. I completely understand why this issue would be at the forefront of a women’s march, but what about people like me? Personally, I lean more libertarian on social issues and don’t believe it’s possible for the government to mandate morality, but I have a deep passion for the sanctity of life. It is a huge reason why we adopted. But if I were to have attended and held a sign supporting women who choose adoption over abortion, I truly believe I would have been chastised and seen as an instigator. Maybe I’m misguided, but I truly believe I’m accurate in my assessment, and if so, how does this support ALL women?
I guess what I’m trying to say is that my hope for a women’s march would aim to stand on some of the following uniting issues:
*The equal treatment of women in the workplace
*Protecting and empowering women to escape poverty, hunger, and homelessness
*Equipping women to liberate themselves from domestic violence and abuse
*Educating and delivering women from human trafficking
*The continued under-representation of women in politics and government
These issues are all “women’s issues” that I believe almost ALL women would support and proudly march for. They are not politicized, they are matters of importance to women on either side; whether republican or democrat, rich or poor, black or white, young or old.
If the march was really about pushing liberal agendas, I just wish it was made abundantly clear that this was a march for those issues, not a march for women. Maybe calling it a “Democratic Women’s March?” I think there are a lot of women (and men) like me who just didn’t feel comfortable attending because we saw the underlying purpose, and to me, that is a shame.
So…please help me. Am I wrong in my assumptions? Do you feel someone like me would have been welcome if I was vocally supporting a conservative cause? Or do you think I could attend in peace as long as I was not pointing out the fact that I hold some conservative values?