Over 500 participate during Women’s March in Idaho Falls


Expectations exceeded as more than 500 women and men marched through downtown Idaho Falls despite icy sidewalks and freezing temperatures Saturday morning.

The march in Idaho Falls was inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, which also inspired over 616 marches in the U.S. and in other countries around the world.

Six marches occurred in Idaho, including a march in Pocatello which attracted 1,200 people and another in Boise which had over 5,000 marchers, according to East Idaho News.

Miranda Marquit, co-organizer of the Women’s March in Idaho Falls, said the march should not be taken as a political statement, but instead to send a message to local government and citizens that there is still a lot of work needed to be done for equality among women.

“I just want it to be a march that raises awareness,” Marquit said. “Coming out here, addressing our government and letting them know that some of the rhetoric recently about rolling back some of our rights as women, rights of minorities, rolling back some of the rights of the LGBTQ community — thats’s not acceptable. We fight for our rights, we fight to expand rights to more people and it’s very important that we as citizens come out and be engaged in the process.”

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'Over 500 participate during Women’s March in Idaho Falls' have 5 comments

  1. January 23, 2017 @ 9:39 am Anthony Smith

    I commented, but it was deleted. This forum is heavily censored.

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  2. January 23, 2017 @ 1:41 pm Marie

    I think it is soo wonderful that this Women’s March was held in Idaho Falls. I love the sign that says “No one is free when some are oppressed”. It’s so true. Just because you are not currently the persecuted minority, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care about those who are. I love that Idaho Falls came together as women and men and children to peacefully stand and talk about important issues, and show support to every group who feels marginalized under the new presidency. I wish I had known about it sooner, I would have gone.

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  3. January 23, 2017 @ 7:18 pm Sav

    This is so embarrassing. No one should be doing this. So what does protesting do? Nothing. Go out and vote. Protesting is an adult version of crying. Some of the rights supporting the “women’s march” are against the honor code/ church standards, why is this here?

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    • January 24, 2017 @ 8:33 am Marie

      Hi Sav,
      I understand where you’re coming from. Sometimes it *can* feel like protesting and making your voice heard doesn’t change anything or really help. But I think that one of our countries founding beliefs *is* the right to free speech, and the right to speak out about injustices. The women (and men and children) who came out to protest/march last Saturday felt (as I do) that under President Trump, certain basic human rights (such as access to affordable heath care, equal rights among ethnic minority groups, public education, and environmental protection) would be threatened. And, of course, the *main* issue that was being protested was the fact that our new president has sexually harassed and assaulted women; talk about something that’s “against the honor code”…. He also has expressed interest in creating a “Muslim Registry”, which is discrimination and profiling based on religion, and we of all people *do* care about religious freedom. Anyway, these women out protesting last Saturday were peacefully making there voices heard, not wanting to be silent about things that mattered to them, and emphasizing the need for love and unity. It makes absolute sense that a newspaper like The Scroll would cover a large, meaningful event like this (whether or not every member of the Scroll staff/writers personally agreed with *all* the positions expressed by the marchers). I, personally, thing the march was such a wonderful thing, and I wish I had known about it sooner, so I could have gone.
      Thank you, Sav, for caring about politics enough to take the time to read this article (and any other news source you use to stay informed). I agree with you that it is important to vote, as I’m sure you did, and I’m pretty sure %99 of the marchers did, as well.
      Marie.

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    • January 24, 2017 @ 11:41 am JE

      How do you feel about MLK?

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