I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., so I know a lot of people who attended the Women’s March this past weekend. My Facebook was flooded with pictures of women holding pithy signs with their arms around each other—it seemed like a celebration of the sisterly bond that is feminism. However, the march wasn’t as inclusive as it looked on the outside. In fact, some loud-and-proud and socially active feminists didn’t feel welcome at the march, all because of one issue: abortion.
The New York Times reported on this issue on how the official planners of the event were explicit in their support of abortion. In fact, the pro-life organization, New Wave Feminists, was removed as a partner for the march. Ultimately, it was clear that any pro-life feminists weren’t welcome at all at the march.
Building on this, one of the march organizers Linda Sarsour said, “If you want to come to the march are coming with the understanding that you respect a woman’s right to choose.”
This issue raises a lot of questions. Is there a litmus test to be a true feminist? Is this decision to exclude certain women going to aid or harm these women’s fight for more rights?