Rine Participates In March
Seventeen-year-old Emily Rine might not have been able to cast a vote in the 2016 presidential election, but that hasn’t stopped the Magnolia junior from striving to let her voice be heard.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, Emily, her mom, and other area women drove to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on Washington.
It’s been reported that the women who marched, in different areas around the world, on Jan. 21, marched for a variety of reasons, disputing President Donald J. Trump’s stance on issues such as abortion, health care, diversity, and climate change.
Rine said she marched for a variety of reasons, one being that “others in the past marched for me.”
Rine further cited a quote by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “too many women in too many countries speak the same language of silence.”
“That’s very true,” Rine said. “At this day and age, it’s unacceptable to be at risk of having our rights stripped from us.”
Rine said the march wasn’t just for women’s rights. “It was for human rights in a broad range and perspective.”
“Our new president doesn’t respect the rights given to every citizen, and we wanted to make him aware of the fact that we will not normalize it,” Rine said.
She said that aside from being inspired by Clinton and heartbroken and empowered after the past election, “my main reason I marched is that I’m very passionate about equality for all… I believe we have to keep fighting every day until that’s what we have.”
Rine also attributed her passion for the cause to her mom.
“She’s been a single parent, and her strength, constancy, and determination has showed me what a strong women truly is.”
Rine said she first became interested in politics when Hillary Clinton announced her second run for the presidency in May 2015.
“I have always been very empowered and inspired by her,” Rine said, adding that her own dream job is to one day be Secretary of State.
Rine said with college approaching rather quickly, she has been thinking about what she would like to study. She said she would like to study Political Science and International Affairs at Georgetown University.
Rine also explained an opportunity she recently told about. Rine said the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Glboal Affairs educates and preapres young women for positions of leadership.
She said she would be elated if she could attend either college.
Rine said the march was generally peaceful, “though we ran into some groups of people here and there protesting the march.”
“To see so many hundreds of thousands of people coming together in solidarity for a peaceful protest was very reassuring and heartwarming,” Rine said.
Rine said she has received criticism for her participation in the women’s march, and she noted that many people think that equality for all is something that already exists.
Rine explained that she doesn’t believe her peers have the same passion in politics as she, adding that some have rolled their eyes at her discussion on issues and have said that “nobody cares.”
Rine noted that, “Our generation is the next generation of leaders, and I do hope that other students my age are involved and politically active.”
Rine was also asked what she would say to directly to President Trump, if she had the chance to speak with him.
Rine said she would make women’s rights and immigration and diversity her top priorities of discussion.
(The president) must understand that our country’s diversity is absolutely beautiful. If it weren’t for immigrants in the past and present, our country wouldn’t be what it is today.”
“As for women’s rights, we have fought a long, never-ending battle, and when we were nearing the finish line, we were pushed back.”
Rine said she would be interested in knowing Trump’s exact stance on women’s rights, and she said she would like to discuss, with Trump, the importance of respect.
“How can he get anything done or be a successful president if he doesn’t respect someone or discriminates against someone because of gender, race, or religion?”
“(Trump) should present himself as a role model, and he should let go of the issues that he’s still holding onto from his campaign, and lead our country. We need an adult in the White House, and he needs to prove that he is exactly that.”
Rine also noted that it is important to bring the country together “after a brutal election and campaign season.”
“Our country is more divided than ever, and (Trump) must accept the fact that we are stronger together.”
Rine said that, most importantly, she would remind Trump of “the great and incredible honor that he has of being President of the United States.”
“I think he does not realize the tremendous honor that lies within a presidency, and I only hope he becomes aware of it sooner rather than later.”
“The world is watching us, admiring our freedoms and liberties, using us as an example of hope, strong leadership, and way of life,” Rine said.