Ravens march at second annual Women’s March in Lawrence

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By Tori Sanders, The Circuit

Two little girls, standing on a sidewalk in the crisp January weather, each holding a sign. One said Feminism, the other, Girl Power. It was an image that one Benedictine student will remember.

While marches and causes call many Benedictine College students to our nation’s capitol, Caroline Cundiff, a junior double majoring in both History and Political Science, chose to drive to Lawrence, Kan., last month for the Women’s March.

According to Cundiff, several Benedictine students ended up attending and she was confident that there were many more who would have liked to go.

“Everyone is so passionate,” she said. “Everyone thinks they’re fighting for the right thing.”

She was encouraged to see that this is a cause that is not going to go away.

Over 250 Benedictine students traveled to D.C. for the March for Life this year, including Reshman Rachel Segura.

While in D.C., Segura made a last-minute decision to also attend the Women’s March for the first time.

 “I am an advocate for life,” Segura said.

It was this support for life, from conception to natural death, that motivated her to leave her group and travel alone to stand in front of the White House, where the Women’s March ended.

The opportunity to connect over a cause was a good experience for Segura. One of her favorite moments occurred when she took the metro, with many other women, to the site of the march. By the time they arrived, a group who had boarded as strangers left as friends.

Although national media coverage may have not picked up the messages of both marches, Cundiff is confident the message will prevail if she has anything to say about it.

 “As a history major, that’s always my goal is to bring women’s issues to the light because they have been covered up so much,” Cundiff said.

She added this is only the second year that the Women’s March has taken place, while the March for Life has been around for a much longer period of time.

“Fifty-two percent of the population immediately relates to the Women’s March,” she pointed out, referring to the current population of women in the United States.

Cundiff encouraged anyone considering going to the Women’s March next year to attend.

 “The worst that can happen is that you learn something,” she said.