Unite Against the War on Women Rally Photos by Veronica Porras
External imageUnite Against the War on Women Rally at Austin, Texas brought a diverse crowd to fight for women’s rights at the capitol steps on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
External image“Women brought all the politicians to the world and this November we will take some out” said state representative Dawwna Dukes. She was one of the first speakers to embody the mission of the rally.
External imageMany men and women gathered to stand against conservative actions in the United States government that affect a majority of women.
External imageThese men and women argue that there is a “war on women” because of five main reasons.
External imageThey believe there are obvious efforts by conservatives to take back prochoice advancement in women’s reproductive rights, continue slut-shaming for women who use birth control, and “attacks” on Planned Parenthood.
External imageThey are also worried about resistance to the violence against women act and the remaining disparities in equal pay between the genders.
External imagePastor Jim Rigby, one out of five main speakers at the rally, talked about four words that start with the letter F that need to exist in order to end the “war on women.” One of those words was Feminism.
External image“We will stand our ground. We will not backdown,” Rebecca Loebe, former contestant of The Voice, sang for the gatherers and motivated them to continue fighting for women’s rights. She was one out of two musical performances.
External image“And in Arizona, we are all pregnant right now,” said Genevieve Van Cleave. She gave one of the most memorable speeches because of her vivid personality and the strong arguments she made against the “war on women.”
External imageThere were a variety of organizations rallying against the “war on women” but there were also very distinct individuals all united against the “war on women.”
External imageNot all individuals in the crowd considered themselves a feminist. The feminists present, however, were and are appalled at the conservative actions and efforts taken towards the overturning of women’s rights that previous feminists have fought for.
External imageIn order to end the “war on women,” everyone was encouraged to vote during the upcoming election.
External imageVolunteer deputy registerers were available for voting registration aid.
External imageLady liberty stands tall and magnificent as a symbol of democracy and supporter of women’s rights.