GratiTuesday: Showing Up

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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45 thoughts on “GratiTuesday: Showing Up”

    1. 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 🙂 )!

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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 😃

  4. Hi, Janis – I agree that is is essential to show up and not just stay home and grumble. Thank you for leading by example!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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. 🙂 ❤

  9. 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.

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