Seattle Womxn’s March 2.0 Attracts Thousands

Saturday marked the one- year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency and welcomed the anticipated follow up to one of the largest demonstrations in the history of the United States.

Joining sister marches spanning cities across the country, Seattle’s Womxn’s March 2.0 served as a reminder that many of the thousands who poured into the streets last year to protest Trump’s inauguration have sustained their fight against patriarchy, misogyny, and violence against women they feel his presidency has emboldened.

Like last year, the 2018 iteration of the Womxn’s March began at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill and ended at Seattle Center. But it struck a slightly different visual than its predecessor:

There were noticeably fewer people of color, but an early focus on the Indigenous and Two Spirit community.

Via South Seattle Emerald

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Law student studies gender inequity in his research


Harlan Mechling

Harlan Mechling is a graduate student … (Photo by Andrew Tat)

UW Law student Harlan Mechling couldn’t go to his little sister’s graduation from Willamette University, but his father did call to tell him she was graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a nation-wide honor society, with 42 other women and 16 men. Those numbers stood out to Mechling, instigating his research on gender inequity.


“The more I thought about it, the more I realized that’s not surprising because it’s consistent with my experience,” Mechling said. “Throughout my life, girls have always been at the top of the class.”

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Close-up: Real issues to be recognized in the music industry

After a week full of media screen-shotting tweets between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, there’s more to take away than a sensationalized “war” between the two.

Minaj has had a reputation for addressing societal issues, especially ones that directly affect her person, her identity, and her culture. Aside from media and social networks, these types of things can be found in something much more simple and much more intimate: her music and performances.

If you really want to analyze it, Minaj’s “Anaconda” video set the record of 19.6 million clicks in its first day, only beat when Swift’s “Bad Blood” received 20.1 million on its release.

But that’s just stats, and there were five slots for MTV’s Video of The Year nominees. These were taken by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar’s “Bad Blood,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,”  Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and Beyoncé’s “7/11.”

Michelle Habell-Pallán, UW associate professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies, explained how some people question Minaj’s tweets about black women being unrecognized simply because Beyoncé was nominated.

“There’s not a limit or a quota,” Habell-Pallán said. “There’s more than one black woman who has influence in popular culture; do we have to limit it?”

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