Organizers are hoping that women will flood the streets of Washington, D.C., and other major cities this weekend for the third Women’s March to protest President Trump and this administration.
Despite how inclusive the organization bills itself or the media’s fawning over the annual pink-hat rally, the Women’s March has been exclusive of many women since its founding. It’s never been about celebrating and empowering all women, but championing liberal policies, arming Democratic candidates, and building political power for leftist causes. Add to that the taint of being anti-Semitic.
It’s time for someone to disband the march and start a real movement that treats women of all races, religions, and political beliefs with equal respect.
This year’s mass resistance demonstration earned heavy criticism and lost support because of controversy over the group’s leadership.
The Democratic National Committee pulled its sponsorship. Emily’s List, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and other groups are reportedly not supporting it as they previously did. #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano won’t speak at the event. Even the organization’s founder has called on the current leaders to resign.
It’s about time that the Women’s March leadership faces consequences for tacitly approving, flirting with, or fully embracing anti-Semitic sentiments and causes. Many people are asking how an organization that touts inclusivity of marginalized women can rest on a foundation of animus toward Jews.
Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory, whose Instagram features her praising Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, still refuses to denounce his racist statements made at an event she attended during which he called Jewish people “Satanic” and “his enemy.” Co-chair Carmen Perez deleted her Farrakhan-praising post but defends him and the “significant contributions” he has made. Co-chair Linda Sarsour has a questionable history of anti-Jewish statements and affiliations.
Based on the actions and words of its leaders, a blanket statement that the March condemns racism and anti-Semitism rings hollow.
White Women Forced to Sit Down
The Women’s March purports to give voice to the concerns of women, but purposefully ignores and excludes a large swath of women.
According to the March’s principles, they are elevating the concerns of “Black women, Indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Jewish women, Muslim women, Latinx women, Asian and Pacific Islander women, lesbian, bi, queer and trans women.”
Such a narrow focus on racial and religious identities misses the point that all women should have a voice and be represented equally. They conveniently slight women of certain faiths, heritages, and ethnicities as though they too don’t struggle.
It’s intentional. Organizers centered this organization on intersectionality as a snub to white women because as (now disgruntled) March co-founder Vanessa Wruble previously explained, otherwise “'...it will be a bunch of white women marching on Washington,'... 'That’s not okay right now, especially after 53 percent of white women who voted, voted for Donald Trump.'”
Conservative Women Should Stay at Home
The Women’s March is a tool of retribution against those on the right who support the Trump agenda.
There is a simmering disdain for conservative female voters who prioritized lower taxes, less government, stronger national security, and conservative judges in 2016. These women chose a pro-growth policy agenda of lower taxes and deregulation over a continuation of the Obama regulate-tax-and-spend legacy under Hillary Clinton. Even more, they betrayed the ultimate feminist goal: electing a woman to the highest office.
Faux claims of nonpartisanship crumble under the weight of their policy agenda. Their goal is not equality, opportunity, and security for all women but to advance a leftist wish list including a “living” minimum wage, more powerful labor unions, gun control, stringent climate change regulation and more regulations across the board. They are harnessing women’s anger with President Trump and channeling it into these liberal causes to change politics for generations to come.
It’s time to end the charade that this is truly an inclusive movement for all women. There should be no place for anti-Semitism or the exclusion of women who think, vote, and worship differently. This isn't a march for all women — they certainly aren't marching for me.
Patrice Lee Onwuka is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and a contributor to Bold Global Media. Onwuka has worked in the advocacy and communications fields for more than a decade. Prior to joining IWF, she served as national spokeswoman and communications director at Generation Opportunity, and worked at The Philanthropy Roundtable and the Fund for American Studies in policy and media roles. She was also a speech writer for a United Nations spokesman. Onwuka is a regular guest on Fox News, Fox Business News, MSNBC, and PBS programs. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, Bloomberg, The Washington Times, the New York Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and other outlets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston College. Follow her @PatricePinkFil. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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