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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

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Local and worldwide Women’s Marches shed light on current issues

Duncan Analco poses with an “I’m With Her” sign at the Women’s March in Raleigh

This January, on the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, thousands of people congregated in Raleigh’s Halifax Mall to participate in the second annual Women’s March. Participants in the rally were “feminists” of all ages, races, genders and backgrounds. The mission statement of the Women’s March is to “harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.”

The most notable Women’s Marches in North Carolina were held in Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Hillsborough. However, this was not just a local phenomenon. Other marches also occurred in New York, Chicago, LA, Washington, Philadelphia and hundreds of other cities all around the country and world.

Notable celebrities who attended include: Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Whoopi Goldberg and Emma Watson.

This year, the Women’s March had an added focus on the increasingly prevalent #MeToo movement; a movement aiming to end sexual violence and support survivors. In addition, since the marches also occurred shortly before the midterm elections, many participants hoped that their advocacy would contribute to democratic success at polling places.

The Women’s March website describes themselves as “committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”

These goals are admirable and well deserving of the massive support they have earned. We should all be joining in the movement in order to support the women in our lives.

Participating in rallies for causes like the Women’s March provide a great way to promote activism. However, we need to make sure that showing up, making cute signs and posting artsy pictures on social media is not all we are doing for the cause.

The goal of every protest and rally is positive change. The Women’s March aims to end violence, secure reproductive rights, promote environmental justice and guarantee LGBTQIA, workers, civil, disability and immigrant rights.

Marching in a rally is a fantastic start to spreading awareness, but in order to implement real change we have to take it a step further. Good ways to help create positive change are to keep yourself and your peers informed, contact elected officials and to use your vote wisely.

The Women’s March has proved to be an honorable event that sparked more conversation about equality for women and destroying oppression. Now, the real challenge is going to be keeping that momentum going and achieving real, tangible change for good.  

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