Over the weekend, the Women’s March on Washington was held not just in DC, but throughout the United States and in various parts of the world. Countries, like France, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, etc., all showed their support by marching with Americans in protest.
One of the biggest turnouts was in DC, where the first protest was planned. 500,000 people showed up and marched in unity for their beliefs.
Southwest Airlines’ Contribution
However, the march wasn’t the only place that showed support for equality. Southwest Airlines lit up their cabin lights in pink for the passengers on the plane that were attending the DC march.
This happened on Thursday, but after the march, people began posting their photos on social media and it grabbed some attention. Southwest made a statement saying that this wasn’t a company effort. However, they also said that they do this sort of thing from time to time. If the flight crew chooses to do so, they have the necessary equipment to adjust their lights to honor their passengers. For example, back in October, the pilot choose to light up the plane in honor of a breast cancer survivor that was on board.
Additionally, in the past, Southwest Airlines has expressed support for pro-abortion groups. In 2014, the airline sponsored a conference hosted by Planned Parenthood and on many occasions, the airline has chosen to continue funding Planned Parenthood.
The Women’s March on Washington
While this action by Southwest Airlines was done last Thursday, the Women’s March on Washington was held on Saturday. Initially, the march was organized to protect women’s rights, specifically abortion. However, it quickly evolved into a protest for many different issues; immigration reform, health care reform, protecting the environment, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.
Overall, it became an anti-Trump march as Americans, and people all over the world, showed up to express their opinions on the new US President. Officials and organizers of the event have said that the march promotes equality and all are welcome to participate.
However, companies that have spoken out against abortion in the past, were not allowed to sponsor the event. This didn’t stop some pro-life advocates from showing up to the march. They even held up signs that said things like, “Abortion betrays women” and “Real feminists reject abortion.”
Some signs from pro-choice advocates said things like, “We deserve to be sexual and serious, or whatever we please,” “I stand with Planned Parenthood,” “Our bodies, our minds, our power,” etc. Others expressed distaste for Trump or expressed concern over some of the other issues that people were also marching for.
There were also some famous names and notable people that participated and spoke at the event; Madonna, Cher, Alicia Keyes, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Whoopie Goldberg, Scarlett Johannson, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, Drew Barrymore, Lena Dunham, Vanessa Hudgens, and many others.
One notable person who spoke at the march was the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, who said, “For the majority of people in this country, Planned Parenthood is not the problem, we’re the solution. My pledge today is: our doors stay open.”
It was a day to remember and a day that will go down in the history books. The public has spoken! The question now, however, is, were they heard?