I definitely do not take as much advantage of living right outside of DC as I should. Yesterday, however, was an event I could not miss: The Women’s March on Washington. I was nervous the night before. I’m not particularly great with crowds- I never know how people might react to anything, and that stresses me out quite a bit. Thankfully, going to this march exceeded all my more positive expectations- I barely encountered anyone who wasn’t 100% kind, helpful and welcoming to my friends and I. Halfway through the rally, people around me even helped me boost myself up onto the wall. This ended up being completely unreal, as I could see everything- including the sea of people that seemed to be never-ending. Girl power is stronger than most anything- this is probably why my friend Brenda’s phone worked perfectly fine after she fished it out of the Capitol Reflecting Pool about a minute after it fell in. (Just a funny little anecdote from yesterday.) In all seriousness though, the overwhelming feeling of unity and solidarity with my fellow females was something inexplicable, and I’m glad to have been a part of history.
Rather than to further go on about my own experience, I thought it’d be more interesting to ask others to give some words about how the event affected them.
I was really blown away by the crowd, especially once we took to the streets. Everywhere you looked they were choked with protesters. I did think that perhaps the speeches went on for too long, as everyone around me seemed pretty anxious to march. Overall, I thought it was amazing to be part of such an unbelievable event.
The march was uplifting and empowering, it gave me a deeper feeling of confidence and connection to the women in this country. The best part was hearing the echo of half a million people ringing through the streets.
It was incredible seeing the volume of people who came out to march and stand together! What I really loved about it was how positive everyone was, and what a friendly vibe and camaraderie there was during the whole thing, from the metro ride there, to standing in the crowd of people marching along Pennsylvania avenue. It was awesome and so, so empowering.
The march was a positive show of positive energy from a diverse group of backgrounds, but a less than diverse cultural array, suggesting that we still have much work to do to include all people.
It was a really beautiful and inspiring day, and it was amazing to get to hear so many different perspectives, like ones from women of color and trans women. I feel like I learned a lot about being a good feminist as a result. There were so many people which was both anxiety inducing but also awe inspiring! I’ve never seen so many people in my life and the fact that we were all coming together to support each other was amazing. It’s nice to know we’re not alone even around the world. I wish people hadn’t been so rude when the beginning of the march was delayed, like how a lot of older white women kept yelling over some of the speakers. I noticed they tended to do this more towards the women of color speakers than the white famous ones, for example, they chanted over Angela Davis who’s a black woman feminist legend but let Scarlett Johannsen go on as long as she wanted and yelled when she got cut off. Overall though, it really was a life changing experience and super inspiring and I can’t wait to get more involved in politics.
I drove down to D.C with my family, close cousins, and my cousins friends. I rolled down my window and waved to many women and men I saw walking down, wearing pink hats and holding signs. They smiled and waved back. When we eventually got to a Jumbotron, we were surrounded by so many happy faces. There were many women of course, but I felt so proud to see so many men too. It was so comforting to physically see that I wasn’t alone in what I believe in. Our group followed the majority of people through the march for a bit, but we stopped by a fence on the Ellipse near the White House. I put my sign on the fence, along with many others. It said “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”
– Oscar Wilde