The 2017 Women's march was a monumental event in women's rights history. The ability for so many to organize and speak out against injustices normalized by many high ranking politicians made it clear that this generation would not stand for the blatant objectification and inequality of women anymore. While many regard this event as a victory, in a sense the Women's March was essentially another bitter reminder of the prevalent white feminism that has for so long marginalized and silenced the concerns and injustices faced by women of color.
Feminism has always been a topic either bashed or entirely avoided by many. The misconception of Feminism being a movement which fights for the superiority of the female sex is entirely wrong. Feminism also can not be substituted by Egalitarianism either. Feminism fights for the female sex to gain the same privileges held by men. The movement does not wish for women to gain more privileges than men, nor does it seek to take away male privileges to equate both statuses. The end goal is simple; equality for both sexes. However, the overarching problem with Feminism, especially seen in the women's march, is the blatant prioritization of white women's issues, and the silencing of the injustices face by colored women every day.
The women's march saw the mass organization of white women, many of whom voted for Donald Trump (about 58%). What colored women find unsettling is how quickly young white women were to join the women's march, but how quiet they were when addressing issues faced by colored women. For example, few participants of the women's march can admit to attending any of the Black Lives Matter protests, a movement near and dear to many African American women's hearts. The number of arrests at the women's march versus Black Lives Matter protests speaks volumes at how even policing changes drastically when one race dominates a protest versus the other.
White women have and continue to be a driving force behind injustices faced by colored women. Many white feminists claim to be fighting for women, but what they fail to mention is how they're only fighting for white women. Being a true fighter of feminism does not mean marginalizing those who are unalike you. If you cannot support gay women, transgender women, black women, Muslim women or any other woman who doesn't fit the cookie-cutter version of the American female, you are not a feminist. Many white women will fight for the end of the wage gap, but will turn the other cheek when they see other women dealing with their children being brutally murdered by law enforcement. White feminism is fighting for a white-centered agenda, and ignoring the struggles and injustices faced by women who don't necessarily fit that agenda.
White feminism is a topic being reignited decade after decade. The women's march can provide a clear insight into the problematic nature of white feminism, and the need for those self-proclaimed feminists to address it. Championing for the rights and equal treatment of only a select group of women, while isolating the other group of women with equally as pressing issues is an extremely divisive action. Feminism is meant to unite. Before we fight for the equal rights of women, we must be able to truly come together as women. Selective campaigning will never further this movement. The recognition and embrace of the many different types of women, and their varying statuses, struggles and privileges is the only action we can take to unite the movement, and the varying women within it.