On January 20, 2018 we will unite again in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the Women’s March on Wyoming. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our state.
The rhetoric and policy decisions of the past year have insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us -- women, immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, LGBTQ and Two Spirit people, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment—our communities are hurting and scared.
In 2017, we were confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we joined in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.
We See You!
"The march for me was a fragment of hope I so desperately needed. I often feel like I’m in the twilight zone as a woman of color; especially growing up in Cheyenne. I’m always noticing things no one else notices, experiencing things society ignores. It’s really hard to not let the pessimism take over and give up sometimes. The march felt like all these people saying “We notice these things too! We see you! We’re mad too!” It’s important we know of each other, that we know we aren’t alone, or outnumbered, we can change things for the better."
— Kelsi-Rae Rivera, WMW Marcher
Nevertheless, we persist! In 2018, the Women’s March on Wyoming is reinvigorated to ensure participants will leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women and allies of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses. That means empowering Wyomingites to march to the voting booth. It means testifying in our city halls and state capitol. It means running for public office to protect the most vulnerable amongst us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights, including women’s reproductive rights, to join us. For many this March is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. Women’s rights are human rights. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
The Women’s March on Wyoming is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the state.
2017 was the year of HEAR OUR VOICE.
In 2018, HEAR OUR VOTE.
Funds raised in excess of the March will again be donated to NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming as champions of a woman's right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices.