What I march for

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By Helen Susman

What I march for

OPRF High School recently named four winners of its annual Martin Luther King essay contest. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, students were asked to write about the cause they would march for today. We are running one essay each week.

I march for women's rights 

I march for the women stepped on by society

The woman targeted for her stature 

For women who had words forced into their mouths

The women stripped of their independence, forced to stand under the figure of the dominant man

I march for the "subservient" and "inferior" woman

For the woman who stands in the shadow of society unable to march for the injustices that stand in her way

I march for the women blockaded by society's stereotypes.

May the societal ills be brought forward and exposed to the world

The wage gaps

Being spoken down to

The high assault and rape statistics that haunt women 

The one of three women who doesn't receive the attention or justice she deserves for being beaten, sexually assaulted, or coerced into sex  

The injustices done to her body with no further consequence 

I march so women will stand up for themselves.

I march to put that man in jail 

That man who claimed that a stranger, his girlfriend, or his wife "asked for it"

I march for those women

For those women who are left without a voice or head to turn toward

I march for the women who did say "no" 

For the women who didn't want it 

I march to serve those injustices 

I march so those women can get a voice

So they aren't afraid to speak up

So they can put that man in jail

I march so those women who received justice can set examples.

I march for the women who are violated behind closed doors

For the women who can't yell 

For the women who can't tell anyone in the face of fear 

I march for the women who are globally enslaved 

For the women who only know a certain way of life

A way of life that revolves solely around rape 

I march for the women. 

I march to put a stop to the social discrimination

To close the wage gap

To put more women in government 

I march to give women a stronger voice

I march for justice 

I march for the women without a voice 

I march for equality.

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