Like hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, my husband and I took part in the Women’s March this past Saturday. Just as it was last year, the event was exhilarating, empowering, and inspirational. It was wonderful to see so many women and men – young and old – joining together to voice their concerns about what is happening in this country and to remind people of the power of their vote.
At one point early in the day, my husband asked if a friend of ours was planning to come to the March and I said that I doubted if she was coming, that it “really wasn’t her thing.” My husband responded that it didn’t seem like it mattered too much if it was someone’s “thing” or not, that it was more important to show up and be counted. As I looked at the sea of people around us, I had to agree.
To all the people who joined the Women’s March and who step forward in other ways to make their voices heard, I am so grateful that you show up and are counted. It is important.
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I love how many men were involved in the march – it was my husband’s suggestion that we drive to D.C. and we were both glad we made the trip.
I think there were more men this year than last. At first, I wasn’t sure my husband would want to march again, but he was enthusiastic. The one in D.C. must have been amazing (but I bet ours was warmer 🙂 )!
Good for you! And what a fabulous Rosie the Riveter.
Wasn’t she great?! I loved how she posed each time someone took her picture.
Yes! And I just read today that the real “Rosie” has died.
Oh wow, I didn’t know that. She sure left a legacy!
How sad that the Women’s March is more necessary now than ever. And how great that you were involved.
It is sad, but it’s wonderful to know that we haven’t been beaten down. Last year, we imagined the worse; this year we mourned that we were right.
People need to speak up more now than in many years. Enough of this ‘I don’t like politics’.
Yep. I don’t think many of us love politics but that’s what we are faced with. It was great to feel the power of the crowd.
Now, as much as any time in history, it’s important to make your voice heard. We can’t afford a silent majority. I’m guilty of not making enough effort. Thanks for the good example.
I can do more too. We live in a solidly blue state, but we are thinking of joining the get out the vote efforts in other states with less comfortable margins.
You done good! 😉
Last year, I didn’t join the woman’s march. In my misguided attempt to be open minded, I figured I’d give Trump a chance. Maybe he would surprise me and not be as horrendous as I’d imagined. I was open to being wrong about him. Well, I WAS wrong. He has been FAR worse than I had ever imagined. You’d better believe I was at one of the marches in NJ.
And it WAS so gratifying to see how many of us are eager for him to be just a bad memory. Russian bots can’t fake attendance at counter marches!
Being open-minded is not a bad thing. I wasn’t at all open-minded about him yet I agree that he was/is far worse than I imagined too. As hard as he tried to spin the worldwide marches, he certainly couldn’t deny the crowds at each one. Now, we need to translate the resistance into votes.
I watched with great pride and joy from a far as many of my friends of all ages and genders marched. Thank you for being apart of it! Love that woman who is part of her sign 😃
I was thrilled that we had the same enthusiasm – maybe more – as we had a year ago. I think there is even more determination to push back and speak out. Now, we need to get people to the voting booths.
Each day I wake up hoping it’s all a dream and it isn’t. It feels like the 60s again.
I know, Kate. Unfortunately, though, it’s not a dream. I think the outcomes of recent special elections have made many realize that they are more powerful than they thought, and that’s a good thing.
Hi, Janis – I agree that is is essential to show up and not just stay home and grumble. Thank you for leading by example!
Seeing the younger kids marching with their parents reminded me of going with my mother and father to the anti-war rallies in the 60s. They were my examples of standing up and speaking out.
We had a run on poster board, markers and wooden dowels at Michaels on Friday. Most everyone said they were preparing for the march. I applied as many coupons as I could to lower the cost of the purchases. My way of contributing to the cause.
Haha! Good for you! There were some great signs at the rally – some funny, some sad, some defiant.
Good for both of you! And a great comeback by husband. Smart man. – Marty
Yes, he is smart! I am certainly grateful that he shows up and is counted too.
Again, well done Janis. Keep on pushing these issues.
Thanks, Keith. I know you were at a march where you live also.
I’m so glad the march was a success, Janis. It would be my “thing” to have joined, but we were not in San Diego, unfortunately. Otherwise, 2 more bodies would have enlarged the crowds. I’m glad it was a nice day weather-wise as well. Looking forward to catching up in person soon.
I know that you would have been there too if you could have. Hope to see you soon!
Thank you for participating. I wasn’t able to this year.
Wouldn’t it be great if it was unnecessary next year? Yeah, yeah… wishful thinking.
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I’m so glad you and your husband attended the march. It was my first year to join these dedicated women and men.
I was also surprised at the number of young women who attended, they are the future.
I was happy to see that too. Sometimes I wonder how committed the younger generation will be to social change since they weren’t around for the struggles in the 50s and 60s. But, they were there and they are determined.
We women should fight for equal pay , demanding higher management position, ownership of our body, and lots of our rights. The Women’s March is the way to let this administration hear our voice. Thanks Janis for participating. 🙂 ❤
Our voices would be hard for them to ignore – try as they might.
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I’m so glad you and your hubby marched! And I love the Rosie gal. I confess that I did not march this year and felt guilty about it all day, but I had previous commitments for that day. I feel like a real slacker.
I had the date on my calendar for several months so it would have been hard for me to over-schedule :). There is so much else we can do so no need to continue feeling like a slacker.
Ours came too fast after just getting home. My daughter represented at one in the Bay area. I am grateful for so many who participated!
Good for your daughter!
I am grateful for all my friends, On line and IRL, who attended the events. Thank you for standing up!
It would have been hard for me to stay away. I always feel better when I participate.
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