13 Men Explain Why They Participated In The Women's March


On Saturday, millions of people flooded the streets of cities across America and the world to march in solidarity with women.

Those who participated in the march are now a part of history.

It's estimated at least 3.3 million people marched in hundreds of cities across the US, and it may have been the largest demonstration in US history (numbers are still coming in).

But it's safe to say the march exceeded expectations and was a massive success.

Prior to the march, it didn't appear as though many men would participate.

Some seemed to feel excluded by the name, which, quite frankly, was pretty stupid.

Jonathan Chait, a writer for New York magazine, argued it was "poorly named" and it should've been more clear it was an "anti-Trump march."


But perhaps the real problem is a lot of men are just really bad at thinking about women's issues and don't stand up for gender equality in the way they should.

Yes, the march was called the "Women's March." That doesn't mean men weren't welcome.

Fortunately, a number of men seem to have understood this, and were thrilled to participate in the march.

In Washington, DC, there was a significant number of men dispersed through the crowd.

Some came to the march alone.

Others came with their grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, girlfriends, wives and friends to declare a simple but profound message: Women's rights are human rights and we should all be feminists.

John Haltiwanger
John Haltiwanger
John Haltiwanger

In a country with a long history of sexism, where women didn't gain the right to vote until 1920, it's pretty rich some men felt excluded by the name of the march.

These men missed the point entirely.

Simply put, men's rights and opportunities aren't limited and attacked in the same way women's rights are whatsoever, which is why the feminist movement is necessary in the first place -- and why Saturday's march was centered on women.

Our new president is a misogynist.

He was caught on video bragging about sexual assault, multiple women have accused him of sexual assault, he has a long history of making sexist remarks and his administration is already fighting to curb reproductive rights.

That's why there was a Women's March -- to let Trump know he will be held accountable for his rhetoric and policies toward women and people will not stand idly be if he attacks women's rights, among other issues.

It's not rocket science.

The number of men who marched on Saturday was definitely encouraging, but we still clearly have a lot of work to do in terms of getting more males to support gender equality.

John Haltiwanger
John Haltiwanger

Before the march, Elite Daily spoke with a number of men who planned on marching and why they felt it was important.

All of these men, other than one who marched in New York City, participated in the Women's March on Washington.

Hopefully, what they had to say will help encourage more men to stand up for women's rights.

James Benjamin Ebersole, 25, Washington DC

Logan Miller, 26, Richmond, VA

Grant Kouri, 33, Washington DC

Jackson Ellis, 30, Washington DC

Eric Horwitz, 27, Brooklyn, New York

Benjamin Garbart, 27, Baltimore, MD

Benjamin Hancock, 29, Asheville, NC

Teddy Bisrat, 28, Bethesda, MD

Nathaniel Babcock, 23, Baltimore, MD

Alessandro Burlew, 20, Frederick, MD

Adam Curtis, 29, Silver Spring, MD

I think every individual, especially white men such as myself, have a moral and historical obligation to stand up in support of anyone and everyone who could be oppressed or subjugated.

We have to play the hands we are dealt, and not standing up for my friends and family would be ethically and personally unconscionable.

Chris Cisar, 30, Arlington, VA

Trying to come up with an explanation as to why I am going or why I support the cause is a bit difficult to put into words.

For me -- it just seems obvious that women would have full rights everywhere on the planet, let alone in this country. The fact that we are even debating it or having to be active about it in the first place is severely disappointing for a country that labels itself as 'free.'

Ben Woolf, 34, Baltimore, MD