Politics makes for strange-bedfellows: Hassidic Jews and Evangelical Christians both working toward school choice. Raw-milk-loving-hippies and stay-at-home suburban moms both advocating for fewer food regulations. Conservative economists and progressive lawmakers both fearing how minimum wage hikes will kill jobs leading to higher minority youth unemployment.

But too often in our contentious political environment and our 24-hour cable news and social media frenzies – where we are so quickly categorized into in-groups and out-groups – we forget that we don’t have to all agree on everything to agree on some things. And perhaps more importantly, we overlook that most of us share important underlying goals and values, even if our policy prescriptions may differ.

This is certainly the case with the upcoming Women’s March in Washington. I assumed this was simply a protest of incoming president-elect Donald Trump – a way of demonstrating they don’t condone the way he’s talked about women. It’s hard to disagree that Mr. Trump made some unpleasant comments – and unfortunately, presidents before him have also mistreated women. What’s more, we have a long history in America of protesting presidential inaugurations as a way of raising awareness of important issues.

But upon closer review, the Women’s March isn’t really about calling for a better civil discourse about women or even protecting women’s rights. Rather, it stands for a narrow progressive policy agenda that welcomes government intervention into the workplace, the marketplace, health care and more. It’s dishonest that these “principles” are largely hidden from view and disguised under the banner of “women”; but it’s also a critical mistake and missed opportunity to truly unify women on shared principles and a vision of equality and greater respect.

Like the thousands of women who will March on Saturday, I too want “women’s rights” and “human rights.” I have chosen to live in a metropolitan city with people of every background and ethnicity. I’m grateful that my children have fostered deep friendships with girls and boys who come from different countries, look different from them, and practice different religions.

I’m also a feminist who believes deeply in the idea of equality under the law. Men and women both ought to have an equal opportunity to receive an education, pursue a profession, and design a life that fits their needs and wants. I desire a clean environment, access to quality health care, and the right for individuals to craft lives of happiness.

But I would not be wanted at the Women’s March. And the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) certainly was not invited to participate. And that’s a shame.

Because where we differ is in our policy prescriptions. I agree there are plenty of women who are struggling today – that’s why IWF produced Working for Women last year – but I think their lives would be improved if we rein in Washington, rather than expand it.

For instance, artificially raising the minimum wage, mandating costly “benefits” like extensive paid leave or childcare certainly sound nice, but will lead to fewer jobs, lower wages, and less flexibility – especially for the vulnerable women who need opportunity most. I want a clean environment, but I want to make sure we allow industry to invest in the best research and development for green energy. Too often we see government – which has no resources of its own – invest taxpayer dollars into failed businesses like Solyndra. And limiting permits to drill on federal lands, for instance, distorts the energy market, drives up prices for average Americans, often leads to drilling in more dangerous places, like the deep sea. Similarly, many Americans have faced nightmarish situations with their health insurance under Obamacare’s onerous rules, which have sent premium prices soaring while creating barriers for treatment for too many. I believe that if we put the consumer in charge, the health care market will flourish, quality of care will improve, and costs will come down.

I know lots of women (and men) marching on Saturday. They have the best of intentions. They want political leaders who act like grown-ups, and they want all Americans to be treated fairly. But if this is to be a truly unifying march, then we should be comfortable accepting that we don’t all have to be the same to want the same thing. In fact, protests and demonstrations are an essential part of the American fabric. It’s a good thing when the whole country doesn’t fall lock-step in line with a certain candidate or policy. Political disagreement challenges all of us to dig a little deeper, think a little harder, and work a little better.

Having a healthy debate requires honesty. So let’s start by recognizing that the Women’s March comes with an agenda and it isn’t just about women’s rights. Then we can go from there.