Did You Know? You Should March for Women’s Rights Tomorrow

Check out our exclusive interactive slideshow below for all the facts you need on reproductive rights, health care and equal pay.

2012 will certainly be known as the year of women. With the upholding and subsequent enactment of the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate, women have gained a major health care advancement. But as the War on Women wages on in Congress and throughout the country—in the form of abhorrent abortion laws, state cuts to Medicaid and the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act, to name a few—there is still much at stake.

“Women have become complacent over the last 20 years,” says We Are Woman cofounder Jenni Siri. “It’s unfortunate that it has taken horrific legislation and other actions to ignite interest in women’s rights again.”

That interest has sparked a call to action. Last winter, we saw the power of a silent protest in Virginia, where thousands of women compelled the state legislature to alter its mandated transvaginal law. In the spring, Unite Against the War on Women rallies sprouted up in more than 45 states. And tomorrow, We Are Woman, a new grassroots feminist-activist group, is staging a large-scale rally and march on the west lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The rally, which is expected to gather thousands of women protesters, will focus on three issues: reproductive freedom, equal pay and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. But most important, it will highlight what women have to lose in the upcoming presidential and congressional elections, and serve as a rallying cry for women to get out and vote come this November.

“Silence equals compliance,” says We Are Woman volunteer Alaina LaTourette. “If you don’t like what’s going on, get up and do something about it.”

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Photo courtesy of We Are Woman

Comments

  1. History shows us that rights are only won through organized struggle. March in DC tomorrow and across the U.S. on August 26!

  2. Let’s not forget that these issues affect men as well and more men need to start acting like that and start speaking up about it and getting just as angry. We should have more men protesting with us because if it affects our lives, it will of course affect their’s as well if they have daughters, sisters, girlfriends, wives. Yes, this is a women’s issue but it’s also a war on families. Men have a stake in this for sure. Afterall, if women are forced to give birth, guess what that means? More men having to pay for child support! Then of course there are the husbands who have to watch their wives suffer by being told what to do by the state. I dunno about them but I’d be pretty damn pissed about that because if she’s depressed and angry, that affects your marriage. And of course, pure compassion should make men come out in droves too.

  3. paul kangas says:

    Did you know there are 4 great women marching, without lipstick, for President:
    Dr. Jill Stein with Cheri Honkala, Plus Roseanne Barr w/ Cindy Sheehan.
    They all endorse a Feed in tariff, @ $ 0.54 kWh, to create millions of jobs for women & men.
    This is a milestone for women. Celebrate our small victories. My Mom is campaigning for them. Youtube: paul8kangas

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