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These Boots Were Made For Walking: Afterthoughts on the Women’s March on Washington

When first launched, the Women’s March on Washington was a post-inaugural protest, but it quickly evolved into a global mission for equality. On Saturday, January 21st there were 673 marches total. In Washington D.C. alone, the Metro logged 1,001,613 entries into the rail systems, which is a slap in the face to Trump’s Inauguration Day, where there were only approximately 600,000 entries.

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Image credit: Rayanne Pirozzi, CC

So we’ve made our statement, we’re done, right?

No, this event was just the very beginning. One marcher, S.W., stressed that this was “just day one” of the mission for equality and justice.

Well, then what comes next?

That is up to you. Here are some great actions you can take to stay involved an make a difference, recommended by yesterday’s marchers:

  • Send handwritten letters to your state Congressman. Get your friends to send letters. An e-mail or phone call is not enough. If they see that there is passion in the community, Congressmen will feel the pressure to consider yours ideas and opinions. – S.W. and V.M.
  • Continue to champion for women’s rights, and the rights of all identity minorities, by doing your part by making your voice heard. – B.H.
  • Participate in and plan events for the community such as documentary screenings about equality, diversity, and justice; petitioning for just causes; holding discussions weekly or monthly to discuss current events and politics. This helps to strengthen and unify the diverse voices in the community. – L.S.
  • Blog, Tweet, and engage your local and online community in critical discussions. -K.J.

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Image credit: Rayanne Pirozzi, CC

What was the march like?

“Overwhelming, electric, and emotional.” – V.M.

“All about positivity and full of energy.” – S.W.

“Incredible.” – B.H.

While we are at it, here are some of the most memorable moments:

  • There was so much positivity, marching along with like-minded individuals from all over the nation. Everyone was kind and willing to discuss their experiences and reasons for marching. -B.H.
  • At the end of the march, the toilets were zip tied shut. At first we thought it was a show of authority against the march, but when we spoke to a cop, he informed us that the toilets were literally overflowing so they had to close them off. This just went to show the mass amount of humanity had gathered in one location for a common goal. – S.W.
  • Walking from the buses toward the starting point, and seeing the streets flooded with individuals with the same goal. We didn’t even try to fight to get on the metro. – V.M.
  • There were times it was so crowded that we would get stuck in one place, and literally no one could move! – J.B.

It suffices to say the Women’s March on Washington was a great success. Whether or not you identify as a woman, this march was a great first step towards equality and justice for all minority identities. Stay loud, proud, and above all else, stay nasty.

Did you have a similar experience or have any more ideas on how to stay involved? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Featured image credit: Rayanne Pirozzi, CC

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