An art gallery that highlights women of color is now being showcased at Sacramento’s Sol Collective. Nisha Sethi, the creator of the gallery, hoped to inspire other people with her work to share their voices and participate in protests.
In honor of National Women’s Day, local organizers put together a march to discus prevelant issues that all women deal with, as well as the women in Sacramento. There was a heavy emphasis on diversity, and inclusion. There also was live music, as well as speeches given by different organizers.
During the panel discussion for the 2018 Women’s March, some people of Sacramento were unhappy with some of the aspects of the last women’s march. This year, however, changed some of the issues people had with the march last year. Let’s see what the people of Sacramento think of the Women’s March this year.
The Sacramento’s Women’s March, which began at Southside Park and ended at the State Capitol, was held on January 22nd. The march started at 10:00 AM, and ended at 3:00 PM. Marchers were told to wear rain gear, however, the skies showed no rain until around 2:00, when there was a light drizzle. There were many speakers at the event, including Tracie Stafford, Shauna Heckert, Kathy Kneer, Jessica Bartholow, Alejandra Valles, Sheryl Evans Davis, Emily Bender, and many more.
“I have never been afraid that we would go backward in women’s rights,” said Stafford, in reference to the Presidential Inauguration days before, “…but this, this scares me.”
An estimated 20,000 people marched to the capitol on Saturday, not just to protest the inauguration of President Trump, but also to show their support for human rights. Protesters wore rainbow flags, Mexican flags, and other flags that were indicative of the human rights protesters were supporting.
“We cannot let our eyes adjust to the darkness,” Davis told the crowd. “The light of truth must stay on.”
“I came because… I don’t want to be silent,” said Joan Bartosik, a protester who traveled to Sacramento from New Cassa. “I don’t want my silence to show support for what’s going on.”
The protests stayed peaceful throughout the event, despite the very controversial topics that were being discussed. There were little tensions between police and protesters, and many of the protesters were friendly. Some handed out bottled waters and cookies to other people attending the event. There were even school buses that had pulled up to the Capitol so that students could see the protests.
“I think the turnout’s great. Very enthusiastic,” Bartosik said about the Women’s March. “There’s been no problems that I see. It feels comfortable. There’s kids, there’s dogs; very peaceful.”
Despite many protesters being geared up for rain, it only sprinkled towards the end of the rally. However, Stafford did have this to say in relation to the weather and inauguration, “I just got news that a storm is coming in, but the storm has already come.”
The Expanded Fair Pay Bill will help women diffuse gender-based wage gaps at their workplace. In this video, two young women from Sacramento discuss gender equality in the workplace.
Governor Brown has indicated that he will be signing a new bill passed by the California Legislature that will help women yet again overcome the obstacles of inequality. The Expanded Fair Pay bill will give women the right to know what their male counterparts are earning when performing the same task at work. According to an article on Mercury News, full-time female workers in California earn 84 cents for every dollar a man makes, losing out on around $33 billion a year.
Women have continued to to fight for their rights since the Suffrage movement starting in 1840. They didn’t get the right to vote until 1920, when three quarters of the states legislature ratified the 19th Amendment. It wasn’t until 1963 that the Equal Pay Act became a federal law, stating that employers must give equal pay for men and women performing the same job of race, color, religion, origin, or sex. In 1973, the Supreme Court established the right for a woman to be in charge of their reproductive rights. That same year, women-only branches in the United Stated Military were eliminated. The most recent victory in women’s rights would be the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which was signed into law in 2009.
“I have friends who make a little less than their male counterparts,” said Karsen Kehlet, a Sierra College student. “I feel that society is starting to shift in a way that women can actually voice their opinion and get some of those issues conquered.”
Locally, organizations such as Girls on the Rise are helping young women continue the fight by allowing them to become leaders in their own communities.
This law is set to start on January 1st, 2016