This past January, I saw many posts go viral where American women apologize to women of developing countries about the women in the U.S. who marched. I feel like there’s been much miscommunication about what the march truly was about and who the march was meant for. With that in mind, I am dissecting the post that went viral, entitled “An Apology from a Woman Who Didn’t March,” and am making my own post, which I am calling “An Apology from a Woman Whose Marching Led to the Republican right Exploiting the Global Tragedies of Women on Facebook to Make a Point Politically.”
Ruth Meyer, author of “An Apology from a Woman Who Didn’t March,” among other things, wrote, “women of Saudi Arabia, I’m sorry we push for equal rights while ignoring the fact that you have none of the freedoms we take for granted. You are told how to dress, forbidden from driving, disallowed to pursue an education, and basically treated as property.”
The Women’s March was a global march. We marched in solidarity of other women. We marched for women all over the globe, including women of Saudi Arabia. Women who marched did not ignore Saudi Arabian women’s struggles for freedom. We acknowledged it by marching. The women who reposted or shared Ruth Meyer’s “Apology from a Woman Who Didn’t March” only acknowledged Saudi Arabian women’s struggles for freedom through political commentary on Facebook, in which they ironically apologized to Saudi Arabian women for the American women who actually stood in solidarity with oppressed women in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world.
Furthermore, I am heartbroken that so many women would agree with and share something that says “I’m sorry we push for equal rights.” This sort of post proves how deeply rooted sexism is in our society. I push for equal rights. I have nothing to apologize for. My American sisters who push for equal rights, you have nothing to apologize for. However, to the American women who implied that pushing for equal rights is something to be sorry for, I agree with you. To the American women who apologized to traditionally oppressed women across the globe for women standing in solidarity with them, I also agree with you. You do have something to apologize for. But it’s not for the reasons listed in “An Apology from a Woman Who Didn’t March.”