OCTOBER 17, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The push for women’s rights was on display across the District represented by two opposing rallies, the Women’s March and the I’m With Her rally.
“I think we are sicker. I think we are poorer. I think we are less happy, and I think that’s all because of the Trump administration,” said Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs.
She serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the Women’s March.
It was started in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and drew hundreds of thousands of women to the nation’s capital. It also resulted in a record number of women winning seats in Congress as part of the 2018 midterm election.
In 2020, St. Bernard-Jacobs and many other women who came, have not been satisfied by the Trump administration.
“I want my country back,” said Barbara Moore of Arlington.
“For more women to be in office, for more people to realize that our voice matters at the end of the day and to go out and vote, man. That’s what I want to see,” said Mia Angelo of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Those in attendance also pushed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s wish to be fulfilled – no confirmation of a new justice until after the election.
As they rallied and prepared to march from Freedom Plaza in Northwest Washington, another group of women gathered at the Supreme Court, with several back-to-back rallies.
“There’s a lot of women out here who reject the progressive agenda that is being advanced by the Women’s March,” said Carrie Lukas, president of the Independent Women’s Forum.
Her organization was responsible for one of those rallies which served as an opportunity for those who are pro-choice to gather and rally in support of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“I never was into politics until I realized my mom tried to abort me,” said Rosalinda Gillespie of Bowie. “It doesn’t matter who wants you here, who doesn’t want you here. My life matters and that’s where it began.”
She was joined by several others with similar views as another group protested right next to them.