Women’s March to Save our Children rallies for equity, inclusion on Capitol Hill

Written by ‘Yemi Iledare

In a powerful display of unity and determination, hundreds of women from the agricultural sector gathered on Capitol Hill, advocating for equity, inclusion, and policy reforms. Their mission is clear: to raise awareness, push for economic empowerment, and secure a meeting with Congress. 

Eneshal Miller, the Founder and Director of Essential Now, a staunch advocate for educational sustainability mobilization, stressed the importance of this march, stating, “We believe that this march will help us become recognized for the work that we do through the National Women in Agriculture Association.” 

Miller shed light on the incredible initiatives taking root. Young adults are earning $20 an hour to tend to a community garden, fostering a deeper connection with nature and providing a platform for learning about agriculture and environmental stewardship. 

“The African American community, I think we make up between two to 6% of that sector. And I think it’s important that we continue to broaden the perspective on what the agricultural industry has to offer,” Miller emphasized, underlining the necessity to diversify and expand opportunities within the agricultural field. 

Highlighting the garden’s pivotal role, Miller added, “We know that when you have an opportunity to have outlets, it just helps you be a better person.” The programs not only feed the community but also address rising violent crime rates, emphasizing the vital need for funding to create more pathways for young adults and families struggling with food insecurity. 

Dr. Tammy Gray Steele, the visionary Founder of the National Women in Agriculture Association and an Oklahoma farmer, marched with the group. She emphasized the significant role of Black female farmers and their impact on children, addressing food desert issues, and fostering community gardens and farmer’s markets nationwide. 

Silver Spring resident Nicole Williams stood in solidarity, highlighting the importance of addressing the root cause, stating, “At the end of the day, most things start at food.” 

Steele echoed the sentiment, emphasizing how funding could create safe spaces for children, combat food insecurity, and ultimately reduce youth violence. “Our initiative pierces so many poverty issues,” she emphasized, shedding light on the potential to provide safe havens and sustainable science academies for children. 

This impassioned group is calling for a meeting before October 10 to request funding for the farm bill, a much-needed support they have never received. Their journey for change and empowerment is a beacon of hope, illuminating the path toward a more inclusive and equitable agricultural industry. Let us join in this movement, supporting the tireless efforts of these women who are championing transformation in the agricultural landscape. 🌾🌟

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