BY SAMANTHA MOYA
There are 60,000 people marching through the streets of downtown Toronto. Wearing pinks hats, they chant “whose the boss of my body? I am! My body my business!” On Jan. 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States of America. He believes that women should be punished for having an abortion. Some women don’t agree.
The Women’s March was organized shortly after news broke out that Trump had won the election. A march organized for Washington spread worldwide with solidarity marches taking place in cities all over the world. On Jan. 21, millions of people worldwide marched.
In Toronto the crowd was dispersing, leaving signs sewn through a fence when I met Myrna Castro, a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. “I’d like to go back, but we won’t make the move until we see what happens,” said Castro, uncertain of the future with Trump as president. “As much as we can look at this and say this is an American issue, its not its a world issue and it really affects our country a lot because we boarder them.”
At Sheridan College, Eve Krogman is a student and the co-founder of SWIFT, Sheridan Women in Film and Television. Shedding light on equality for women in media is the goal of the club.
“I think the march had a positive effect, people know they have a voice, it could evoke change.” In her film and television program she says she often encounters men taking important roles, “ploughing” over women’s’ voices. “Call people out on it,” Krogman advises. “Don’t just get mad behind closed doors, start that open discussion.”
So while Trump continues to make changes without thought of women and minorities across America, we wait. People can hold on to the positivity of the march which was, to Castro “a nice moving force, not just for today but every day to come and hopefully for the U.S. the next four years aren’t just misery.”