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Morgantown hosts first Women's March

  The first Women’s March in Morgantown was held Sunday, January 21st. This was inspired by the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington in January of 2017. More than one hundred people gathered on the downtown campus of West Virginia University. The march was held in silence to represent women who have been silenced for far too long and will remain silent no longer. The march was sponsored by Mountaineers for Progress and NOW.

  Cari Carpenter, Director for the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, was able to attend the event, "I was delighted to be able to join in yet another march to show the country - and indeed, the world - that women have not given up, and will never give up demanding justice for all of us: women of color, the LGBTQ community, the disabled, those of different religions, immigrants, and others.  As Audre Lorde once said, 'I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.'

  "One marcher, Casie Fox, was proud that Morgantown hosted their own Women’s March this year, “It was good to see so many people still showing up one year later.  I went to the Women's March in Washington, D.C. last year and remember having the thought there that while it was wonderful that so many showed up to march that day that people would sadly forget and lose momentum over the course of the four years to follow.  So far, that hasn't been the case, and it's been inspiring to see. I am excited that Morgantown hosted its own March.  We have a very committed group of activists in this community.  It's good to know I live in a town where so many people share the same values that I do and are working toward progress.”

  The march was officially titled “Handmaid’s Protest – Women’s March Still Strong One Year Later”. Many of the marchers were dressed in costume in reference to The Handmaid’s Tale, a novel by Margaret Atwood. The novel tells a tale of a patriarchal religious society that begins to strip all rights away from its female members. Many draw connections to some of the novel’s tropes and utilize these costumes as a powerful message that the removal of rights and liberties should remain a fictional tale. 

News coverage of the event can be found here.