Today I attended a Unite Against the War on Women rally in Harrisburg, PA. I had a lot of fun despite the cold temperatures. There were lots of great speakers, great music, and great signs.
Some of the points addressed at the rally were these: first, the right to bodily autonomy is just that–a right. Not a privilege. Not something that can be taken away, try as they might. Yes, even for women! Shocker. Second: the war on women is not just about controlling women’s bodies. It’s about getting control of anything they can in a government so caught up in partisanship that it’s completely gridlocked. Third: women’s rights is NOT a partisan issue! In fact, it’s not even women’s rights. It’s about human rights. See that earlier bit about the right to bodily autonomy. Fourth: we need more women in the legislature at all levels. Do you think women’s health care and reproductive rights would be under attack if women made up more than 17% of Congress? Would it even be a topic of discussion? Fifth: the de-funding of clinics like Planned Parenthood places women, especially low-income women for whom PP is their primary doctor, in an extremely dangerous position–to have a baby they can’t afford, or to seek an unsafe abortion because their access to trained professionals has been cut off.
All in all, it was a good day, and it was very comforting to see so many people on the steps of the capitol building, especially given the terrible weather. Some of the ralliers had been participating in women’s rights rallies since the 1960’s. Here’s hoping these rallies won’t be necessary in the next decade. There weren’t as many elected officials there as I would have liked to see, but there were a good number of current candidates, so I think that bodes well.
Also, one of said candidate’s campaign managers told me I was absolutely beautiful; so there was that, too.
I will leave you with some pictures. Enjoy!