Recap: Women’s March

A recap of the Women’s March focused in Seoul.

After the nerve racking election between Clinton and Trump, citizens of the United States have prominently shown their reaction to the announcement of Trump becoming president. Due to his gratuitous and offensive remarks with his view towards women, the outraged feminists around the world, though most distinguished in the States, stood up to voice their opinions and rights at: the Women’s March. Known as one of the first and largest protests of 2017, thousands of people protested from January 21 to 22, countering Trump’s anti-feminist policies. An overwhelming amount of 2.9 million people showed up to support the cause.

#WhyIMarch, a hashtag, trended with thousands providing pictures of their participation at the women’s march. More people participated in the Women’s March in Washington D.C. than Trump’s inauguration to express their rage and therefore take action by voicing their opinions against the policy.

There are many personal anecdotes posted online about the Women’s March and the moment that the event withheld in their life. It was a historic day in which women supported, fought, and leaned on each other to make the one purpose of this day: the path to equality.

The Women’s March was not only constrained to the United States but were prominent in other places such as in the city of Seoul where many people from Korea International School participated in this event.

“More than being an activist and a very proactive feminist, taking part in the march was taking part in history. This event is something that will be recorded in history and will be a historic milestone. A lot of the things I do as a feminist go unnoticed, but this march was very symbolic to me in a way as a group of people got together to root for the same cause. One of posters I wrote was ‘I’m a nasty woman and I’m proud of it.’” – Sara Kim (‘18)

Despite the weather being below freezing in Korea, an estimated 1,000 people showed up and marched in Gangnam for three hours. The protesters confidently carried posters while chanting “My body, my choice.”

A short clip of the march in Seoul can be seen here : 

Video Credits: Cory & Marie 코리 & 마리

Variety of genders and races can be seen in this video, marching and chanting together. There were many stickers, posters and flags that read “Rise of the Nation= Rise of the women.” Especially within Korean culture and society where the system is quite patriarchal, men came to support their wives and daughters to voice against misogyny. A instance where Korean women are downgraded in society would be the recent Gangnam murder incident where the murderer claims that “women have always ignored [him]” self proclaiming that he is a misogynist.

The sad realization for the world hits when we all realize that history is repeating itself. Just as Sara Kim explains her “unnoticed hard work”, Korea and other countries around the world have made the mistake of not taking action towards such injustice. The feminist finally voice their opinion through the Women’s March which showed a special case with more than 70 countries participating for a same cause. This march was not only for women but immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people of color.

All these people have one thing in common. Hope and the craving for full equality.

– Tae Young Uhm (’18)

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