The Importance of Women of Color at Women’s March 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 20: Marchers at 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

Some women of color chose not to attend the Women’s March 2018.

Many women of color cited reasons such as exclusion from the voice of the original Women’s March and the fact that roughly 57% of white women voted for Trump, yet came out to march for the rights of women after electing a sexual predator into office. While some chose to stay home in protest or had lack of interest in a movement that may not always have issues affecting women of color at the forefront, many did attend and here’s why that’s very important.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 20: Marchers at 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

Women of color need to continue to fight for inclusion as feminism changes it’s landscape to be inclusive of women of color and the issues affecting them. Despite some who justifiably stayed home, the fight continued on, with the powerful women that are claiming 2018 as theirs and not taking no for an answer. #Metoo was founded by a woman of color and sparked #TimesUp and that speaks volume about the power that women of color have and what they contribute to the movement for equality. Check out a few posts from the Women’s March 2018 below to see some of the voices of powerful black women heard throughout the day, assembling millions together around the nation.

Artists like Jessica “Jess Flo” Washington showed up with spoken word, watch her video below:

Tamika Mallory is the Women’s March co-chair and had something to say about Trump’s recent comments:

Actor Lupita Nyong’o always lends her voice to those marginalized when she recently shared her experience with Harvey Weinstein making inappropriate passes at her in a hotel room. She showed up to speak her truth to the 500,000 in the crowd.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 20: Actor Lupita Nyong’o speaks onstage at 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women’s March Los Angeles)

Black women young and old could be seen at marches across the nation:

Megan L. is a NARAL Nevada member and voiced her opinions on women’s rights:

Check out some other noteworthy women of color below: