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Professor Cynthia Fowler of the Emmanuel College Art Department participated in the Inauguration Protest as well as the Women’s March on Washington D.C.
“Seeing Donald Trump’s rise to popularity, the horrific things he was saying—racist, sexist, homophobic, you name it—distressed me significantly,” said Fowler, who followed the Presidential race from the beginning.
Fowler planned to attend the Inauguration Protest before the Women’s March had been organized. She attended both events with friends with whom she acted as a participants, listened to various speakers, and appreciated moments of solidarity.
“It was a strong message for [Trump] while he was driving down the parade route to see so many people protesting, that not everyone was celebrating his inauguration,” said Fowler.
Fowler believes that beyond protesting Trump’s inauguration, the demonstration was a “great opportunity for different groups to come together.”
She also hopes that, despite President Donald Trump’s lack of acknowledgement of the protests, he will rethink some of his highly disputed policies.
“I appreciated as a feminist–the power of so many women and men supporting women together at the demonstration,” Fowler said of the Women’s March. She believes it helped show the new President that he needs to pay attention to the protests against his policies in violation of women’s rights, such as defunding Planned Parenthood.
“I don’t think anyone imagined how many women would be out there for these demonstrations whether it was DC, or Boston, or Denver. It was beneficial in that it was a clear show of the power of women to organize and demand the rights we are still struggling to ensure that we have,” said Fowler.
Haley Biermann is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at email@example.com.