To The Editor:
This Saturday, the four of us will march for women. Stung by the cruel and demeaning language used against women in the presidential campaign, we will march to send a clear signal of dissent. Disturbed by the rise of racism and xenophobia around the country, we will march to state our support for human rights. Troubled by threats against our reproductive rights and frustrated by the lingering gender pay gap, we will march to broadcast this injustice. And because the current state of affairs is not normal, we will march to teach our children that now is the time to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.
For these reasons and more, we will join the Women’s March on Washington, leading four busloads of concerned citizens from Princeton. Children, spouses and parents will accompany some marchers, joining with thousands of other marchers in Washington DC to collectively call out for women’s rights. And given the current debate raging in Princeton, it is important to note that we will put aside our differences on this Saturday. Indeed, Princeton Charter School mothers will march beside Princeton Public Schools mothers as one, announcing that women’s rights are basic human rights.
So, if Princeton seems a little less crowded on Saturday, please know the reason. And if you don’t yet have plans to march in D.C., Trenton, Philadelphia, New York, or any of the nearly 300 sister marchers, what are you waiting for? The more that stand up, the stronger the message, and this message is good for all Americans.