Stories

On this page, you’ll find first-hand accounts from march participants, including why they marched, favorite moments, impactful conversations, and more.  Keep reading!
Stories are included in the order in which they were received.  As more is added, newer submissions will go at the top.
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To see all the submitted pictures from the march, go here.
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– Courtesy of Claire Russell

Thank you!!!  It was a memorable event!  At age 76, this is first time I have ever done anything like this!  To commemorate the event I designed this postcard using just a few of the dozens of photos I took.  Thanks.  Moving Forward,
– Claire Russell

 

No great stories but a big and hearty thank you to all of you for making this happen.
– Kelly Davis

I marched in the mid eighties for pro choice; this year I marched again for everything. Here is my daughter, Brandy Webb, and my husband and I. We were lucky enough to have been close enough to hear the speakers.
Proud to have been on the right side of history; but there is so much more to do.
Regards,
– Carrie Webb (see Carrie’s pictures here)

 

First I want to thank you for organizing such a beautiful and peaceful protest. This protest restored my weakened faith in humanity. Finally hope, not fear has taken over my emotions. It was an honor to be a part of this history. We will stand and continue to march on towards the light and fight the darkness that has taken over so many. I have hope love will conquer even the saddest and most fearful hearts.
– Nicole Painter (see Nicole’s pictures here)

 

After talking to many people (giving out dots), I personalized my message with the key point that this march is the BEGINNING of a movement and that you are being asked to go home and take action.  From this point forward, I want to see you connected to an organization that supports our rights and make donations of money, your time, your skills so that we do not ever let the pressure off of this new administration.  I was encouraged by lots of acknowledgement that what I said resonated with them and if I can even get a small fraction of the people I talked to to get engaged, I would have felt successful in my duties.  I have continued in my FB entries to share TRUTHS about what is happening or going to happen.  The huge influx of donations to the ACLU is something I am proud to say I did my part to ask people to make a donation, any donation as these are the organizations that we will have to count on to do some of the heavier lifting against this administration.  I also told people that if there is a movement to get Trump/Pence impeached, please be all over that.  The whole campaign may be exposed to the American people of their treasonous actions colluding with Russia to get him elected.  Ok, sorry, I have been writing more recently than ever before but my gift is that I am good at energizing people to take action and that is what I am doing.
Thanks for all your organizational work,
– Doris McConnell

 

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Courtesy of Liz Tennant

First of all thank you for your incredibly hard work organizing the very successful Womxn’s March on January 21st. Two friends of mine and I were among the many women who marched. It was so crowded trying to get to the march that we couldn’t get a bus, so we walked the reverse of the route from downtown (about two miles). We never did find our group but we had each other and all of the other wonderful people around us.
You asked for photos so I am forwarding you my favorite one.
– Liz Tennant

 

This is a good opportunity for me to thank you for all your work! I was happy to volunteer but I know you all put a lot more time and effort in than I did and I thank you. I thank you also for my Daughter, Wife, Sisters and Mother. My mom walked to Judkins from her house, 2.5 miles and then did the whole rest of the march. She loved it. She’s 87.
I have attached a few of my observations from the march. You may do what you will with it.

The world has heard plenty from old American white guys for the last 250 years. For that reason I am reticent to add my voice to this forum. But I have been asked to share so I will, trying to speak simply as a witness.
On January 20th 2016 Donald trump was inaugurated President of the United States. On the 21st, I was involved with the Womxn’s March on Seattle.
I’m a 62 year old scenic carpenter that became involved in the march through my union IATSE local 15. I was assigned a position as a Soap Box Connector. I was to act as support for two speakers that would address the marchers from the sidewalk along side the route, on a soap box (kindly constructed and distributed by the sisters and the brothers of the carpenters union.) I witnessed a bunch of wonderful things that day; these were the most telling.
An hour before the march was to start, I met my speakers. Two Filapina activists, Rhondalie Gabuet and Sharlyn Santiago. We had congregated at Judkins park with the other volunteers. Having received our assignments we were to make our way to our soap box station at the other end of the march route. By this time the park, the starting point, was jammed and we had to wiggle our way against the tightly packed flow of bodies. We hadn’t gone but 50 feet when I found an elderly woman marcher, with her cane, in front of me also trying to make her way against the flow. I became concerned as the path we were taking suddenly turned muddy, steep and narrow. Just as I began the thought of offering aid to the older woman, a dozen hands reached out, simultaneously, from every side of the crowd, toward her, lending support and leading her down the path to safety. It was a moment that went beyond group think and into instinctual group action. A moment that was emblematic of the whole day. It was a day of natural respect, caring and joy in the support of one another.
We three soapboxers made our way through the astonishing large crowds. As we approached our destination at Vine and 4th the numbers had thinned. Both speakers expressed some nerves at the prospect of addressing the great numbers of people we knew were headed our way. They needn’t have been concerned. Rhondalei was clearly a pro, with experience and articulate passion for the cause. She got on the box and laid the truth on the passing crowd. They responded in kind with cheers and applause.
Sharlyn was a little rougher out of the gate. My sense is that she hadn’t had much public speaking experience and the on-going tide of marchers had her a bit scared and nervous. But she wasn’t stopped. She stood up on the box and said her piece. Her chin might be trembling, her throat might be tickling, she might loose her place or forget where the speech was going but this tiny, young woman kept at it. And with occasional side coaxing from Rhondalei, she got it done.
Here’s the thing I found remarkable and inspiring: when Sharlyn would make a point the crowd would respond. They’d cheer. And their response would touch Sharlyn and she’d stand a little straighter. They’d clap and her eyes would get brighter. They’d hoot and her smile would get broader, her voice firmer. Like they had with the older woman back at the park, the marchers reached out, with care, respect and affirmation. And before my eyes it empowered this young woman. And she answered with her passion that was welcomed and embraced. After her third shot at her speech, transformed, Sharlyn hopped off the soapbox and said, “I like this.” It made me laugh hard and long. I laughed for the great joy that was in that moment.
I watched Sharlyn, and Rhondalei too, learn from the marchers. I watched them learn that with an audience that’s passing by they just need the bullet points. Hit your points with passion and the crowd is yours.  It was a great day. I’m so glad to have been part of it and shared the experience with my two great speakers.
With all the support I can muster,
– Clark Sandford, IATSE Local 15 and AEA

 

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Courtesy of Wendy Hobson

So proud to participate!
– Cindy Goodman & Wendy Hobson

 

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Courtesy of Ursula Rosin

What a joy it was to affirm our rights and to share the moment with my two daughters, two best friends, and my younger daughter’s Husky dorm mate.  We also enjoyed the camaraderie of knitting and sewing together to make our statement hats.  The resistance has only begun!
– Ursula Rosin

 

It was an honor to walk with 150k people in Seattle. My first march was “Take back the night” for domestic violence against women when I was a small small child. My mother has always been such an activist and I’ve been that way my whole life. This was also a special day because this was my fiancé’s first march/protest ever! It moved him so much he just enrolled in a women’s study class in college! I hope to see hundreds and thousands of pictures soon!
Your sister,
– Zara Wolfe (see Zara’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of Wendy Dolan-Garcia

It was such a wonderful day and, made even more so, because of who we marched with.  I’m the woman waving with the yellow jacket on, the woman next to me, in sunglasses, is Patti, my FIRST friend since birth. Our mothers were best friends and I know they were looking down from Heaven with pride. Between us is my friend’s daughter, Aimee with HER daughter, Riley, on her back. Aimee’s other daughter, Chloe, moved at the last minute so you just see her hat, PINK of course, she was looking up at her baby sister. Chloe, who is 10, said Riley may not remember our day but she promised to tell her all about it until Riley does remember. My dear friend, Debra, took the picture and became part of our family of friends.
It was a joyous day of love and friendship and it was made even more special to be marching with my friend. We went through the 1950s together and now we are sharing our message of women’s power with the next two generations.  Our hope is that these girls will feel their strength, will never accept being judged by their weight or looks, never accept being treated as second class citizens, never allow themselves to be groped or treated like objects by anyone!!
Patti and I discussed how we were raised to be polite and look where it got us!  We are encouraging these girls to be polite when appropriate and deserved but NEVER to keep silent when they should protest, never be quiet when they have a right to shout.
I pray the next generations of women will become comfortable with their voices and stand up for their rights.
This march was a spiritual journey. 
Thanks for all you did to organize this amazing, educational event! 
– Wendy Dolan-Garcia  🤗

 

Courtesy of Grace LaMonte

Hi! My name is Grace, I’m a 16 year old high school student who marched with my mom, dad, sisters, and friends. The second photo is of everyone in my family who came to the march. We’re really proud of our country- dissent is part of democracy.
– Grace LaMonte

 

The coolest thing I heard was when a stranger came up to me and said “you’re going to remember this for the rest of your life.”  Yesterday was one of the best days in my life. Thank you for organizing it! 🙂
– Megan Callahan (see Megan’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of Sara Kess

I brought my son to the march because he was born into privilege and he is going to use that to fight for others. I have always told him to have courage and be kind, and I am so proud of him for being a part of this unifying march. He doesn’t understand it yet, but we have and will continue to tell him how important it is that he fights for the rights of human kind. He knows this was an important walk, he behaved, he cheered, and he was even gifted a sign that he was admiring by a perfect stranger. This day was more than I could have asked for. We still have work to do and I am going to include him with every step.
– Sara Kess

 

Thank you to all the organizers who volunteered your time to create and enable such a wonderful,  powerful event. I am so humbled to part of the community of resisters who were able to come together in a peaceful and powerful way because of you. It filled me up.
My deepest thanks.
– Rebecca Ponzio

 

So many memories: 2 Eagles soaring over the park as we lined up to leave the park; glorious blue sky and sunshine; every religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, age, diversity of beliefs represented, the calm, peaceful, respectful energy from beginning to end, the police standing in solidarity & encouraging the marchers, the diversity of signs, the children!; the teens & young adults, businesses along the way, people above the crowd cheering the marchers on, the awesome welcoming at the Center, the awesome welcoming at Judkins Park; the music; the speakers & the big puppets. I loved the big puppets so much! The organization of this event was phenomenal. Every minute of the march was a gift.
– Lynda Lien (see Lynda’s pictures here)

 

My friend and I attended the inauguration march the night before. During the rally there were a few gentlemen across the street on a megaphone telling everyone how they were going to burn in hell. 
So, my friend and I raised his bi-pride flag in front of them and began chanting “No” until they finally left.
This inspired us to make the “God loves everyone” sign. We brought it to the women’s march to let everyone know that no matter who you are, you are loved. We had it signed by attendees to show our solidarity in spreading love, even if you don’t believe in God.
Shortly after passing Westlake Park we ran into our acquaintances from the night before. The three of us immediately jumped in front of them and showed off our signs that supported homosexuality and women’s rights. For the remainder of the march we stayed there to show how much stronger our voices were. It was exhausting but everyone time we were thanked or hugged our energy was renewed. We found strength as protesters joined our chants of “Love Trumps Hate” and “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”.
It was so incredible watching so many join together to silence messages of hate. I’ll never stop treasuring my time spent at the march.
Thank you so much for the time and effort that was put into this experience.
– R. Jordheim (see R. Jordheim’s pictures here)

 

Courtesy of Carol Krantz

So proud my son Alex and nephew Jason joined because in their words, “It’s just the right thing to do.” Also joined by my sister in law Jamie from Vermont and Emma from Vancouver.
Important! Majority of messages were requests to our new leaders who work for us, We the People, about what we expect in terms of their action and behavior in the next 4 years. This is not sore loser whining. It is setting performance expectations that the new administration should welcome.
– Carol Krantz

 

I marched with my 9-year old daughter and ran into her friend from school and her mom. Massive crowds. We couldn’t get into Judkins Park before the march. Despite that, everyone was friendly and polite.
Work!
The bald eagles flying over us. Cheers from everyone!
The firefighters waving to the crowds. Big thanks to Seattle police and Seattle fire department for their support!!
Thank you for organizing such an amazing event! My daughter and I will  remember it forever!
– Stephanie Cherry (see Stephanie’s pictures here)

 

I attended the march yesterday with my wife.  For me, it was important to show the Trump administration that people have been paying attention, and we do care about his statements and his behavior and the messages he has sent to women and minorities throughout the country.  But it was equally or even more important to show each other that we’re not alone, that there are good people out there who support progressive causes and common decency towards each other.
The mood at the march was exactly right, in my opinion.  It was all about solidarity, defiance, and mutual support.  It was positive and strong.  There was none of the destructiveness of anger or hate.  There were literally people cheering from balconies and rooftops, and even a man hanging off the side of a building (a window washer, maybe?) who seemed to be waving and cheering.  The crowd cheered back.
Street preachers on the sidelines told us to repent, and no one yelled or shouted or raised their fists.  We drowned them out with cheers and kept marching.
My favorite sign of the day had a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  That’s what the march was about.  It wasn’t just for women or about women.  It was about showing up, with a unified voice, about not being silent in the face of such intense opposition and bigotry.
Thank you to the organizers!
– Daniel McManus (see Daniel’s pictures here)

 

Courtesy of Ashley Smith

Most wonderful part of the Women’s March in Seattle: 2 beautiful bald eagles were circling overhead. The crowd screamed with ooooos  and awwws!!!!! These beautiful patriotic creatures helped us feel we are all in this together!!
– Ashley Smith

 

Thank you so much! Yesterday was truly amazing. I’d like to suggest we do this again; perhaps yearly to continue the energy and the conversation. Has anyone else echoed this thought?  Thank you!!
– Hannah Carlson

 

Courtesy of Erin Phelps

Thank you for the amazing organizing effort. I had a wonderful, powerful day!
– Erin Phelps

 

Courtesy of Kristen Knapick

And while standing in a throng of marchers for 90min, trying to merge, or frustration was lightened at the sight of two bald eagles circling each other above!
– Kristen Knapick

 

Thanks for organizing – it was amazing!!!!
– S. Jordan (see S. Jordan’s pictures here)

 

Quick conversations but bonds to last a lifetime filled my heart during our March yesterday. 
Why I March :  When I think about it, I didn’t march for one specific cause. I marched for Black Lives Matter. I marched for Planned Parenthood. I marched for my LGBTQ+ family. I marched for my immigrant brothers and sisters, (and many more reasons.) But most importantly, I marched because I couldn’t vote. This election was so heartbreaking to sit by and watch. I begged my older friends and family to register and have a voice in this election. But I can no longer sit by and watch my future be destroyed. I marched for those, and myself, who do not feel safe in this country, especially with our new “leaders” who represent misogyny, racsism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, bigotry, and all other kinds of hate. On January 21st 2017, I marched WITH those who will do whatever it takes to make this country LOVE again. Because we can do it, together.
– Ashyia Wainright (see Ashyia’s pictures here)

 

My favorite photos were of the families, the children, the boys, and that many of those feeling fear were represented.
– Tess (see Tess’ pictures here)

 

Wow…. what an incredible day. Thousands of people and no violence. So lovely and peaceful. I will never forget this day.  Thank you to everyone who showed up.
– Mali Lustica (see Mali’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of Laina Poon

Our kids were super patient waiting over an hour on Jackson for all the marchers to funnel out of Judkins and join the stream. They enjoyed cheering with the crowd as a few people on the roof of Ernestine Anderson house stirred us up.
And we all took heart that Mother Nature was in solidarity with us as a pair of bald eagles circled above us at 20th and Jackson.
– Laina Poon

 

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Courtesy of Chris McFaul

Truly beautiful beginning to our march!! Pussy hats rule!
From a 65 year old port townsend woman that hasn’t been in a march since the ’60’s! It was a great day!
– Chris McFaul

 

My favorite two quotes from monitoring today.  Police announcing at 11 that when the front of the march reaches the Center that the end of the march will still be in Judkins Park.
The other was the folks at 20the and Jackson saying that the end was close, then 15 minutes later saying ‘they just keep coming and coming’
Great work, hope you’re celebrating!!
– Mark Saran (see Mark’s pictures here)

 

Thanks for such a wonderful experience! Here are a few photos that I believe really express how many of us felt yesterday. It was amazing to see women and men of all ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages coming together to fight for what is just a good.
Warmest Regards.
– Nicole Conzatti (see Nicole’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of Suzie Thomas

A quote from a friend who marched in Seattle with her baby and husband: “I didn’t bring a sign but I figured that breastfeeding in public was a pretty good way to support women’s rights! What an amazing day. Literally millions of people around the world all marching peacefully. I’m so glad I went and that we brought Josie. This was a historic day and only the beginning.”
– Suzie Thomas

Courtesy of Leslie Marquez

I was lucky to have been able to attend the Women’s March in Seattle! I am originally from California so I would have been marching in LA, but I am glad I got to experience this one! I met some very great people and sharing experiences about why we are proud to be women standing up for ourselves was one of the greatest things I have done. Loved the March, made me feel much more powerful and found my worth.
– Leslie Marquez

 

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Courtesy of Thalia Newman

Thank you so much for putting this together, it was such an amazing experience and it was helpful in reassuring me that there are still people who stand up for what’s right in the coming months.
– Thalia Newman

 

It was such a wonderful experience and I felt like I was participating in something bigger than I could imagine!! It was great being with people with the same thoughts and feelings.  I didn’t feel alone.  But then again how could you feel alone with 170,000 marching with you!!!  Yeah!!  I will rise!!!!
– Debbie Hanford (see Debbie’s pictures here)

 

It was such a great day. There were beautiful displays, and wonderful people. I only remember a few people yelling negative things at the group. Everyone was friendly and unified. It was such a warm feeling. Here are some of the best pictures I took. I got pictures of the puppets and larger signs which is why there are quite a few.
– Kathryn Kaufmann (see Kathryn’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of PFLAG Bellevue Eastside

THANK YOU for making this amazing uplifting day possible.
Our group, PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside, had members scattered throughout the crowd since it was so difficult to gather together given the unexpected huge turnout.  But that turned out to be a gift as we had a chance to connect with lots of folks and build community at multiple points along the march.
It was so inspiring to be surrounds by love, community (two people in front of us discovered that they were next door neighbors!), and support for ALL people.  The bald eagles soaring above us in a blue sky were symbolic of the march.
As an LGBTQ group made up of parents, families/friends and allies united with the LGBTQ community we were thrilled by the intersectionality of the march (after all LGBTQ people exist in all countries and walks of life.)
Again, heartfelt thanks for your leadership!
– Jennifer Davies, Vice-Chair, PFLAG Bellevue/Eastside

 

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Courtesy of Laura Story Johnson

Thank you for all of your hard work. This was a phenomenal historic event that my daughter and I were thrilled to be a part of.
I captured this moment, hand in hand with my powerful, inspiring, fearless daughter, surrounded by powerful, inspiring, fearless feminists, as the sun shone over our march into Seattle Center. We can’t keep quiet.
– Laura Story Johnson

 

My favorite from Saturday’s march was when someone started singing “This little light of mine.” Slowly, the rest of the group joined in.
Thanks so much,
– Abbie Czyk

 

This was an amazing experience that we all came together to do this!
I Marched with my mom and sister we saw many amazing signs and the sign below is ours many people liked and took photos of it, it was unique the whole march inspired me to know that if this many people came to march then we can change things! Feeling today great to know that u was part of this amazing experience with so many others.
– Nikte Martin (see Nikte’s pictures here)

 

While waiting for the speeches to begin, I was standing next to an older woman with a pro-choice poster.  I commented to her that she was probably old enough to remember when abortion wasn’t legal, and how important choice actually is.  She told me that she had to travel several states to New York when she had her abortion, and that it was a real hardship.  I shared the story of my grandmother that had a neighbor with an abusive husband.  When her neighbor wanted an abortion my grandma took her via city bus to get an illegal one, and then brought her back to her house where she almost died on my grandmother’s couch.
– Sharon Cooke

 

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Courtesy of Anne Viggiano

I would like to thank you for creating a wonderful overwhelmingly successful event. our family and friends and one child had a safe, enjoyable day with likeminded participants.
I was proud of our city and for your genuine attempts and action toward making an intersectional environment.
I hear lots of anger from poc about the march- and i am learning their reasoning, which is valid is most ways, but still would not discount or dismiss the fantastic organization, inclusivity, positive energy and heart that was clearly at the origins of this huge event. the speakers were amazing.
thanks from the bottom of our hearts 💕 for showing new activists the way.
– Anne Viggiano

 

I want to thank the women who worked so hard to organize for us all.  The March was obviously a success in Seattle just as other cities.  As with any new endeavor there must be some lessons learned and the massive outpouring of people requires us to do our best whenever we hit the streets again.
I would like to participate in any debrief meeting you may hold.  I experienced the movement of the lower field into the streets and the long delay of merging the crowds through the narrow residential streets. We took about 2 hours to get to Jackson where we began walking instead of shuffling and standing.
While we all had patience I did see how children were suffering and advised some young mothers to walk their children off to another street.  Also my knees and hips were wrecked by the end of the Mach and I know it was those first two hours that wore me down.
So I would hope we can look at that part of the day which is how we move people.  I was a connector advising people on how to find the groups they would talk to, support, and March with.  Myself, all I could do was just flow with the mass of people surrounding me and not really move with the organization I was tasked for.  I suppose many others had this kind of day.  I was always aware that many behind me would be taking even longer to move and did wish for some alternative routes.
I hope the central planners of his March can grow our organization with the support and insights of the volunteers from this March.
Thanks so much,
– Dee Hirsch

 

It was a wonderful event with a positive msg. I have met so many wonderful, good hearted kind folks who hugged me endlessly! Trump has undoubtedly created so much love and unity, in his attempts to create hate and division.
– Sarah Mahamoud (see Sarah’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of ThePlymouth37

Our daughter watching 175,000 people march to support her equal rights as a woman, thank you!
– ThePlymouth37

 

Courtesy of Caylin Morrison

I had a great time at the march! I was blown away by the number of people that came and all the passion each and every person expressed (and the awesome posters). I marched with my best friend, Megan, and her family. I was expecting to be angry and yelling for the majority of the time, but instead being around so many like minded, friendly, and passionate people who are as upset as I am gave me a sense of joy and pride. Every person I met was beyond wonderful, and for the first time since election night I was proud to be an American. This is democracy and an event like this is something I am going to remember for the rest of my life. I have hope that we made a difference. 
– Caylin Morrison

 

This was my first political march. I voted, I tried to be respectful of others opinions but I needed to be counted as someone who opposes this future.
I marched with my daughter, friends from work and other friends. We parked in Queen Anne at our work building and thought, we’ll just take Uber from there….and then thought, okay, we’ll taxi, or we’ll take bus. Every bus stop was packed, every bus either drove past us or stopped to maybe squeeze one more person on. Yet, no one was complaining, no was negative. We landed up walking from lower queen to King Street Station and caught up with the group there.  The whole day was positive, people working together, talking to strangers. Even when we walked past a group preaching a negative message, everyone just kept walking, no yelling back.   I was worried after reading on the negative messages on the fb page ….it just goes to prove that people can easily be mean on a faceless internet, but hard to do it in person. Hopefully that means we’re retaining our humanity!
Thank you! It was a great experience. I’m looking for more ways to get involved, researching my representatives voting and attendance records. I plan to write to them and let them know they are on notice. I won’t just be voting next November. I’ll be speaking out against and for them.
– Candice Carranza

 

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Courtesy of Jordan Jarrett

Thank you for organizing such an uplifting March! It started with incredible speeches, particularly Aneelah Afzali’s speech. The soapbox speakers were open, motivational and brave. The walk was filled with comradery and love. It will certainly be a day that I will not forget.
This walk was just the beginning, and now we fight! Starting with daily calls to my representative and senators to discuss the issues that are important to me.  I fight against lies and corruption in our government. I fight against policies that expand the wealth inequality in this country. I fight for the rights of LGBTQ, women, natives and immigrants. I fight for Mother Earth. I fight against Islamophobia, mass incarceration, racism, and sexism. I fight for love and compassion!
– Jordan Jarrett

 


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Courtesy of Jamaica Corpuz

What an amazing experience! It was an opportunity to show a unified front to show my daughters (minus one at WWU) how to peacefully stand up for you rights. It has been an important of explaining to them that you can be ANYTHING you want to be. Regardless to whether Hillary was elected it has proven along with Obama’s presidency that the underrepresented CAN dream high and achieve the seemingly impossible. My 7 year old Symphony was sooo excited to march with her pink sign. It says everything we need to remember something Obama continues to say today…YES I CAN, YES WE CAN…
That speaks to everything my heart is feeling. It is important to remember that together we can do it.
I’m looking forward to all the amazing memories!
– Jamaica Corpuz

 

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Courtesy of Lee Robinson

Thank you all so much for organizing THIS march. I walked with my daughter, my sister and her daughter and our 93 year-old mom/grandmother. It was very inspiring. We all will continue to carry out this mission of making sure Trump hears us and let him know that we are watching his every move. Thanks again.
– Lee Robinson

 

four bus-loads from Jefferson County
filled with deep gratitude for your work
and energetic anticipation of future actions
we must intersect through the future
toward equality, peace, justice, and
in honor of Our Mother Earth

There were speeches, inspiring, and music leading to dancing in place. The park was quite crowded—and diverse. Indigenous women led the march. I understand that it took about 4 hours for all the participants to complete the march. It was quiet and people were respectful during the three hours it took to empty Judkins Park. There were no arrests or disturbances. I had a deep sense of peace, as well as resolve. The event felt like a gathering of the tribes of progressive change, prepared to participate in active resistance. Not this day, for this was more about demonstrating who we are, that we are here and present and prepared to act.
The buses had to move and there was a bit of confusion about where they were, but we all got there and as we drove home, the rain began—what an AMAZING day.
– Kim Danner (see Kim’s pictures here)

 

I attended the march with my sister, niece and my son’s girlfriend.  The thing I remember was the atmosphere.  It felt safe, inclusive, non-judgemental, powerful, determined, kind, thoughtful, up lifting and pink! 
I was moved by the number of women, men and children who showed up.  Looking down a street as far as the eye could see, both ways, solid people sharing in the same spirit and joined by millions of women literally all over the world who feel the same way!
Speaking of spirit, when the two eagles flew over the field, then over the street we were on and started to circle above our heads, I felt the spirit of all those who couldn’t be there, spirits from the other world and from this world but couldn’t go for whatever reason.
Thank you for all you did to create this historic day!
– Claire Ball

 

I haven’t been politically active since the late 60’s, when I marched against the Vietnam War. Last year I stood on a street corner with my sign in front of a Wells Fargo Bank to support the Standing Rock tribe.
Yesterday, was the most phenomenal thing I have ever experienced. I have been feeling so angry, depressed, hopeless, and helpless since Hillary lost the election. I have been making calls and writing letters to my congressmen and senators, but still feeling that my voice will get lost in the Republican agenda.
As I sit and reflect today, I am feeling hopeful and empowered (with a few sore muscles). I heard someone on the return ferry last night say “This cannot be tolerated to happen, we must stop this person (Trump)!” I know people are feeling the impact of the inaugural speech and the person elected into office on Friday. It was the most pathetic, hate filled, deplorable speeches I’ve ever heard anyone give. This is NOT our America and we cannot become complacent any longer. We need to fight for our lives and liberty, literally.
I have worked as a teacher for 30 years in order to make a difference in people’s lives. I feel it was all for nothing. I am retired and now fear that all my hard work and pension is in jeopardy. I depend upon my social security, retirement benefits and Medicare for my survival. These are times like no other I have seen before. Yesterday, at the age of 66, I walked over 6 miles to make a statement, to connect with other people who felt the same way, and to make a difference to future lives. I hope this is the start of a revolution. As John Lewis said yesterday, we cannot go away, we cannot give up. Thank you for organizing this event. I hope we started a worldwide sensation. That’s powerful!
– PL

 

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Courtesy of Barb Ewing (taken by Jennifer Sul)

Here’s one of my memorable moments.   When we reached the International Fountain, a total stranger asked me and my friend Marci if she could take a picture of us with our signs.  She promised she wouldn’t “use it for evil” (my words, not hers) and immediately sent it to me.  WOW!  Thank you, Jennifer Sul, a kindred spirit and stranger no more, for adding to our memories of an amazing day.
– Barb Ewing

 

Now that I’m not so tired, and I’ve had time to reflect, I’d like to share my experience at the Womxn’s March in Seattle. 
My experience is mine, and I do not expect others who are different to have had the same experience. Please do not take my experience as speaking for all the marchers.
We parked near the end of the route (Seattle Center) to take a city bus to the beginning of the route (Judkins Park). I was already nervous because there were a lot of people, just at the bus stop. In fact, the first bus that came by filled before we could get on.
Our bus was so full that we made no other stops before the park – everyone on the bus was going to the same place, and it was sardine packed standing room only. I had a seat, but Peter chose to stand so someone else could sit.
We got to the park, and it was full to overflowing. We could barely hear the speaker, though she was quoting Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”.
The march started, and we began streaming out of every exit, every street from the park to Jackson. It took us an hour to get two blocks, there were so many people.
Someone handed me an advertisement for an anti-abortion movie, thrust it in my hand and walked away before I even knew what I had received.
The church bells from St. Mary’s Church were playing something I couldn’t recognize over the crowd noise at 11, but at noon, they rang out with “Yesterday.”
Then we were walking. Someone was playing drums, someone else was chanting (What do we want? LOVE! When do we want it? NOW). People were on their balconies, at their windows, on the roofs of the buildings we passed, waving, dancing, and cheering.
There was at least one anarchist on the route, on the top of a roof, by himself, face covered and watching, with flyers on the building advocating the end of government. He was creepy in his stillness, but didn’t do anything.
The police presence was mostly a block away from the marchers, keeping traffic from coming down streets that intersected with our route.
I did thank the one cop I was close enough to talk to. He sort of gave a half smile in response.
The businesses along our route were flooded with people buying food and drink – I hope they don’t feel they lost business because of us. It was mostly mom and pop stores, as our route went right through the International District.
And the kids! There was one little girl in a stroller near us, dressed up as Wonder Woman. If she had been awake, I wanted to tell her she was my hero.
Lots of little ones on shoulders, in strollers, walking for themselves.
A lot of signs had been lettered by adults, but colored by children.
There was a protest group on one corner, after we turned into downtown, near the end of the route – wanted us to put down our signs and pick up the cross.
I was exhausted, mentally, physically, and emotionally at the end, but oh, so glad I went.
And back into my introvert bubble I go.
– Jennifer Shultz-Evans

 

You may have other pictures of this particular occurrence but one of the most affecting moments, out of many for us, was a pair of bald eagles circling overhead for many minutes, more than 10, as we waited on Jackson for the line to start moving.  I snapped the attached picture; I truly believe this to be documentary evidence the Ancestors were with us on our march.
Thank you again for organizing,
– Grant W. Knechtel

 

I had such a great time at the event. It was my first protest and definitely got me thinking about the change I can make. At 18 I feel like I can now make difference and share my views. I participated in the March with my mother and some friends. We thank everyone for participating, coming from Ellensburg Washington having so many people was overwhelming and amazing.
– Elle Larson (see Elle’s pictures here)

 

Hello! That was an amazing experience, life changing for me.
After having friends cancel and not being able to find others, I decided to go solo. About 5 minutes after I arrived, I found a close friend and was able to join a neat group of new friends, one gave me pussy hat that she made.
The most intense, beautiful part of the day was when the crowd noticed the two bald eagles flying overhead. The sound of the people cheering for them was unbelievable. It felt like a mystical sign of hope. We all clapped and cheered as the wave of sound rippled through the crowd. That was the other experience that I will never forget. You could hear the roar from far behind when the wave of cheering started. As it passed through our area and beyond, you could still hear it for quite awhile. We knew at that point that the crowd was big, really big.
I saw nothing but love, hope and some really funny signs. The cops were sparse and the ones we saw were smiling. Blue sky and smiles and lots of creative hats. I am so glad that I was a part of the march.
Thank you.
– Natalie Gough

 

I joined the march at the last minute.  I came over with a great group from Kitsap!  I’m so happy I joined.  Thank you for letting us share.  I’m only a hobby photographer. I don’t know anyone in my photos, but these were the ones that spoke to me the most.
Thank you for doing this, you’ve inspired so many,
– M. Henry (Kitsap) (see M. Henry’s pictures here)

 

Thank you for organizing the march. Here are a few of my best photos.
I marched with my daughter who is 14 and will be a voter in the next presidential election. It was inspiring to stand in solidarity with so many in Seattle and around the world. We bundled up in many layers with umbrellas in hand and ended the march with beautiful blue skies and sunshine. What was most notable was the abundant joy, after such a somber day it was cathartic and motivating.
Thank you,
– Carolyn Lucas (see Carolyn’s pictures here)

 

Thank you so much for organizing the march. I hope this will become a yearly event! I enjoyed walking with everyone. It was great to find an outlet for my anger with the turn of events in this country, and that I am not alone. I am including a few of my shots from the event. Again, thank you so very much for putting this all together.
Sincerely,
– Lory Williams (see Lory’s pictures here)

 

Courtesy of Jessica Aronson Cook

I saw your call for pics from the march, so here I am with my 3-year-old daughter! It was so inspiring to be there with her and everyone else. We will change the world!
Thanks for organizing, and feel free to use these pics for anything.
– Jessica Aronson Cook

 

Courtesy of Linn Hykkerud

First off thank you so much for putting on such an amazing march, it was especially powerful being there with my two daughters. Etta 3.5 and Iben 1 years old. I wanted to submit two photos I took of our powerful little marcher Etta Lykke snapped by her mama Linn Hykkerud at the Seattle March!
Thank you! Love & light,
– Etta and her mama Linn Hykkerud

 

My daughter and I attended the march on Saturday in Seattle and we had a great time marching in Solidarity with the 1000s of people around us.
This is the first time I have ever marched in any organized protest and secondly as a mom to take my 10 year it was eye-opening to see the march in her eyes. We made the decision to start at 6th and Maynard and was able to catch the start of the march. Listening to the drums of the indigenous people gave me goosebumps. As an Indian-American infuriated with the election result I felt like this march gave me voice to speak against the anger I have been feeling without putting words to it. The signs around the march were humorous and dark. It is sad that kids are now learned all the different hate speeches against marginalized groups because of our new President! I took her to share the experience as well as raise awareness of the uphill battle that we and her generation has to deal with it in the coming years. I also hoped that she knows that peaceful protest is part of her civil liberties. Thank you again for organizing such a peaceful and well coordinate march.
– Archana Bhat (see Archana’s pictures here)

 

First off, thank you thank you for organizing this historic event! I feel like I’m still on a high after Saturday. I am so grateful to have been able to be part of something so monumental. It’s absolutely incredible to see how many womxn’s marches were happening all across the world, and I feel honored having the ability to say I was a part of history this weekend! I’m a bisexual, latina 17-year old senior in high school, and despite my extensive involvement within my school, it can be difficult to feel like I have a voice. This march was an amazing way to get involved and show support for those who feel victimized by Trump and other injustices occurring all over the world. Because of this weekend, I am empowered by the amazing people around the globe who want the same thing I do: equality for all.
This march was not only a great experience for those at the march, but also those around the world. Our voices have been heard, and people are beginning to realize that we cannot, nor will not, be silenced. There was mostly good reception of the march from what I’ve seen on social media, but I was still shocked to see that some people didn’t understand why we were marching in the first place? It seems as though some were feeling brave enough to attack us and what we were marching for, but that is a sad mistake. I’m proud to live in a place where we’re able to express our own opinions and that is something I will continue to respect, but I will no longer stand for ignorance and bigotry. My voice will not be silenced. I’m dedicating myself to educate those around me as to why we the glass ceiling isn’t actually broken yet, or why a large group of Americans feel unsafe having this bigot as our president, or why Planned Parenthood is so incredibly important, or why LGBTQ+ youth deserve the same amount of respect as any other youth, or why black lives matter and why the All Lives Matter movement was built on a foundation of falsehood. I also hope to educate the particular 20-something white, cis-female at my workplace who “doesn’t believe in feminism” and “doesn’t understand why they marched”. People like her are the ones who inspire me to fight for those who can’t and take pride in who we are.
I am a proud feminist and (thus) human rights activist, and will continue to be one for the rest of my life. We will continue to march (ha) forward and stand together to make progress in a country divided by hate.
Thanks again for this life-changing opportunity. I will never forget how it feels to be surrounded by so many inspirational change-makers. Sorry this email isn’t as long as I’d like it to be, I gotta get back to doing homework and working towards my higher education :/
Here are some pictures I took on Saturday. Feel free to use them however you like!
– Jill Bush

Courtesy of Lauren DeGooyer

My parents escaped from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, got married in a refugee camp in Thailand, gave birth to my older sister and while pregnant with me, came to the United States in 1984. I was the first member of my family born as a US citizen then my little sister arrived in 1986. Ten years later, my parents would apply and earn US citizenship. It was a very proud moment for our family. My parents fled a war torn country to seek safety and a better life for our family. They came with one small suitcase and could not speak any English. They worked hard to provide a good home and taught us that with the right attitude, work ethic and education, we could do anything we wanted.
They were absolutely right. My older sister has a masters and doctorate. She is a mother and naturopathic doctor helping men, women, and children live a healthier life! I have a bachelors in engineering and manage multi-million dollar construction programs in Washington and California. My little sister has a bachelors in wildlife ecology, works for a non-profit during the week and the pacific science center on the weekends. We are strong, smart, successful women living the American Dream.
Why we marched? It was a special day for us – we all have personally experienced racial and gender discrimination throughout our lives. It was an emotional and liberating experience to march with my sisters and my 4 month old daughter. We could feel everyone’s positive energy as it filled the streets of downtown Seattle. It’s important that my daughter grow up in a community that believes in equality and we will continue to do our part. I will cherish the memories we made, the conversations we had and being part of history as the people of Seattle stood up peacefully for women’s rights. It was a great day!
Peace be with you,
– Laura DeGooyer

 

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Courtesy of Jon Von Lipwig

I took this photo while waiting for the female marchers of our little group to get back from a potty break.  I felt the imagery of a large train moving unseen against the flow of united women was pretty symbolic for the plans of the Trump Administration.
– Jon Von Lipwig

 

Thank You for your amazing organization and work!
– Charlette LeFevre

 

Kudos for all your efforts.  I am 70 and a professional photographer committed to document efforts to hold Mr. Trump’s actions.  More photos coming.
– Kathy Admire (see Kathy’s pictures here)

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for organizing and executing this awesome, powerful March. I was there for some of it and it is one of the very best things I have ever experienced. Thank you. Solidarity rules.
– Terri Simmons

 

Brava to all of you organizers! It was just a terrific day – week-organized, peaceful, heartening and memorable. You all have done a great job and I, as a senior woman marching, thank you!
– Bridget Dacres

 

Excellent organization!
This event went very well and made a big impact in bringing together the people of Seattle.
As the organizers, are you interested in setting up another march? I believe that we need to continuously protest the ongoing stream of negative decisions being made at the White House. Are the logistics too difficult to schedule a monthly march to rally the Seattle community?
Thanks again!
– Luis Daniel Ballesteros

 

Thank you for your hard word and energy. What an incredible awakening! I was unable to march with you today but I was able to share the message and the purpose with someone who asked me, “What’s the point?” It was a powerful conversation, her hope is renewed and we are ready for the next wave. Thank you- Stay strong,
– Jasper Scott-Weis

 

THANK YOU!
– Laura Hinkelman

 

No reply necessary. But, I wanted to make sure to send my thanks to all of you who organized, worked on, set up, and did a million other things to run this Women’s March. I’m so proud of our city (and surrounding cities/town) and its citizens! I was hesitant to go as I don’t love big crowds. But, it was just a wonderful day. I felt safe the whole day, I found connections with others who marched, and enjoyed the day. Thank you!
– Robin Miller

 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for organizing the beautiful March today. I marched with my husband, my daughter, my granddaughter and friends today. There was such a feeling of connection and shared resolved! Put me in your database as someone to call on for future events.
– Anne Trench

 

Thank you for a well organized march! I would like to say, however, that a big opportunity to demonstrate our numbers was missed at the end to not have a rally planned. Media showed the end as a bunch of ants on a hill–not the organized mass that you were so able to inspire…just some feedback for next time. Overall, thnx for getting us out there!!
– Jillian Bush (see Jillian’s pictures here)

 

Just wanted to say thank you for your hard work putting together this amazing march
– Susan Foster-Zdon

 

Great Job organizing! Do you have any plans in place to contact marchers after the fact, so they can stay informed and help maintain the energy ? I know you asked people to RSVP, but I am an example of someone who didn’t RSVP and just showed up at the march. I would be happy to volunteer for an effort to establish a contact list or group to keep people updated, active, etc.
– Katie Paris Herbert

 

Hello friends! Thank you so much for organizing a beautiful march yesterday! It was uplifting and unifying. I’m sure it took so much energy, time and commitment on your parts.
I wanted to offer a small piece of feedback if you don’t mind. I think the decision to have a “silent” march didn’t work out too well because there was still so much chatter but not much in the way of speakers, performers or focused chants to keep us going. The march I participated in shortly after the election did have lots of chanting and I feel that it empowered us and kept us going. I think that silent protests are most powerful while stationary but difficult on the go, and that if we had time to prepare some chants, it would have added to yesterday.
Thank you for your time and care,
– Ellesa Hunter

 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
What an amazing job organizing, communicating, spreading love and respect. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
– Ann Pulkkinen

 

My deep compliments on a job well done organizing the Womxns March Seattle yesterday, and keeping it peaceful and trouble-free, despite the sheer numbers of participants that far exceeded anyone’s expectations. Because it was so crowded, I didn’t find the booths that were around to sign up people for various actions — so can you please provide that contact info on a blog or website? Thank you so much. It was so moving and empowering to be a part of this, and this from a person who’s been attending marches and protests for almost 50 years! Well done!
– Pamela Woodroffe

 

Thank you for organizing an inspiring march! I would like to learn more about the 3 speakers’ organizations. I am particularly interested in learning more about the 3rd speaker’s organization and would like to share what I learn about her Muslim community with family and friends; the statistics she gave on the important contribution of Muslim Americans was stunning. I can’t find the names of their organizations n the website?
Thanks,
– Dawn Ehde

 

I, my husband, and many friends marched in Seattle, adding footsteps to a global movement. It was an incredible day that made me very proud for our city and fellow citizens and gave me hope!
Here’s to all you do.
With much appreciation and fired up, ready to go,
– Pascha Scott

 

Saturday was amazing!! Thank you so much for all your hard work to make it all possible
– Marjorie Hagerup

 

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Courtesy of Michael Piraino

I’m attaching a collage I made during the day. As I walked along and talked with various people I also tried to the range of messages in the signs.
It was a powerful experience. The crowd reminded me of the crowd at Obama’s first inaugural.
Also please let me know if there’s a central point for continued organizing. My wife and I want to take action. Immediately!
-Michael Piraino

 

I am a 62 year old white woman from Bellevue. I marched on Saturday but That day from my life alone there were 7 other women who would have participated if not for work or other prior commitments. I ended up going alone but enjoyed every minute- the first march/protest of my life. Grew up with the privilege of Roe V Wade and all the other privileges of my life. Anyway my point: my 4 daughters + 3 friends represent a multiplier for the cause: for every person attending – conservatively triple I’m guessing. 
Thank you for your efforts and I will be stepping up to action in the future. I am already on many email lists such as Planned Parenthood.
– Sally Raftery

 

Thank you so much and thanks for everything this past Saturday! It was the most incredible, empowering thing I have ever been a part of.  Please let me know if I can help out with anything else!
– Caroline Walker Evans (see Caroline’s pictures here)

 

Thank you, beyond measure, for organizing! What a bolstering day! Buckling down!
– Abby Levin (Tatake) (see Abby’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of Meg Nelson

I marched on Saturday with my daughter-in-law and 2 year old grandson. My daughter was also there but we were unable to find each other in the crazed. I came from Port Orchard. The ferry had a modest number of marchers from Southworth but bus loads joined us from Vashon. When we disembarked at Fauntleroy, I descended to the car deck to be greeted by a sea of pink hats. Walking up the dock, we were celebrated by a POC who got out of car in the ferry line to applaud us. I was moved to tears.
The march was magnificent. It was a joining of spirit and solidarity of purpose. I moved here recently fleeing the toxic conservative politics of Northwest Florida. I still vote in Florida and have friends, family and property there. This election has polarized the nation.  I actually feel safer in Washington than Florida.  Liberal causes are simply trampled in Florida. In fact, I am totally disenfranchised at the local level as I must register as a Republican in order to even have a say in our elections.
My issues are woman’s rights, healthcare, gun violence, climate change, LBGT rights and immigration. Our prison system must be reformed. I am a lifelong activist. I marched on Nixon’s White House and protested the war in Vietnam Nam. I will continue to support Obama’s legacy and I will continue to fight for the rights of all Americans.
My roots are in Washington State. I am an alumni of the UW. It is good to be home surrounded by like minded people.
– Meg Nelson

 

I’ve attached some powerful photos that I took from the Women’s March in Seattle, Washington! The crowd of 175,000 met at historic Judkins Park in the Central District, and marched 4 miles to Seattle Center where the Space Needle lives. Thanks for igniting a tremendous effort globally. This is just the beginning, and I hope to participate actively more in the near future!
 Sergio Max Talamoni (see Sergio’s pictures here)

 

congratulations on the first of many! Looking forward to seeing Mr. President’s tax returns the day after the April 15 march….
-James Eugene Frank

 

Thank you for organizing the march!
– David Baxter

 

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Courtesy of East Shore Unitarian Church

Our members knitted hats, cheered from the sidelines, and marched. We are so honored to be a part of this march that filled our hearts with love. We are READY to continue and look forward to working with you in the future.
-Nicole Duff

 

Friday, January 20, I stood alone on a busy corner in my small town, with my sign held against my heart, protesting the inauguration.
Saturday, January 21, I walked in my first March in Port Townsend, WA.
I was surprised at both events, especially the one where I was standing alone, that my FEAR leading up to my protest was far greater than any fear I felt when I actually did it.
The most memorable experience from the March was the lifting of feelings of isolation and separateness as I saw people present I would never have thought would be a part of it and the shear numbers of people who shared my concerns and outrage. All of this gave me a sense of support which I have never felt before in my life.
As I scrolled down through the NYTimes photos of marches, I sobbed out my relief, my gratitude and my pain of a lifetime as I witnessed the presence of brothers and sisters throughout the world.
– Suzanne

 

The day turned out to be beautiful, and everyone was enthusiastic.  I’m very proud of our community spirit! Thank you for organizing such an amazing event.
– Newell Burton (see his pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of Jim Halpern, neighbor of Virginia Wyman

Today, Saturday, January 21, 2017, was the Womxn’s March protesting the election and platforms of Donald Trump, whose presidential inauguration was held yesterday. 50,00 were expected at Seattle’s march, and by Saturday afternoon they were saying 130,00 of us attended. I marched in solidarity with my sister Chi Chi and my dear friend Joan who attended the rally with her sister Ann. Having no television, Trump had not insulted me personally; my friend Capper assured me that if I had heard him, I surely would be.  We arrived at about 9:45, my sister Chi Chi, her young friend Franny (in 12 th grade) and I. Chi Chi’s version of waiting at these marches (she’s always early) is to walk around and see all the people. We made one big circle around the Judkins Park which is of substantial size. I spotted the mayor and his husband wearing pink and white striped hats, freshly knitted. The rally started about half an hour late, at 10:34. It began with a Native American who asked us to acknowledge the ground we were standing on as being the land of her ancestors; she named several tribes.  Ironically, there were two little girls playing in the dirt nearby, arranging dead leaves in the mud. Another lady recited a poem of Maya Angelou. A mom gave a call for her young son Campbell, with whom she was reunited. We learned the governor was also in attendance. About 8 min late, the half hour rally ended. I looked up to the neighboring houses, and there was a canvas of humanity which had not been there at the start. I never saw the mass of people in quantity; I was too much inside it, but you could feel being a part of it.
There were so many of us that it took an hour to get out of the park and begin marching! The gridlock didn’t diminish until we reached Jackson Street. The St. Mary’s food bank was soliciting donations; I imagine they did well. 20 th Avenue remained so congested that a policeman said it was fine for us to take the side streets to the west to connect with Jackson a block or two down the hill. Things look different on foot than they do in a car, so it took me a bit of time to realize I was marching across the big intersection at the end of Boren and the beginning of Rainier Avenue. Soon we were in Little Saigon where the restaurants were filled with pink hatted diners. Back at the rally I had spotted a lady crocheting a pink hat right there while waiting for the march to begin! Apparently it was a big day in the International District, the Saturday before the Lunar New Year, traditionally their biggest shopping day of the year. We marchers derailed that for this year, but they hope the marchers will return to do some business, and the vendors would make it up. Indeed, I did see a good looking grocery store at 11 th Avenue and Jackson (south side), and a rice cooker in the window lower down on about 8 th or 7 th . There was a box of navel oranges on the sidewalk which were as bright and beautiful as jewels. I picked one out with my eye but I didn’t buy it. It’s still screaming at me! When you start marching, it’s hard to stop!
Just below the freeway overpass there is a platform in the middle of the street for people to mount the new street car (new because I haven’t ridden it yet!). There were about 12 to 15 very serious looking persons, just staring at us, and I realized they were protesting the protesters! 15 vs 130,000; that’s chutzpah! We turned right on 4 th Avenue. When I got to the business district I telephoned my friend Llew to tell him I was marching. Llew was delighted. I read him some signs, and as though on schedule, the crowd gave a roaring cheer, and I held out the phone for him to hear. At the start of the march, my cell phone wouldn’t work because there were so many of us that the reception was nihil.
I became so inspired by the signs that I started looking for an office supply store to buy a paper and pencil. There aren’t any anymore! I went inside the Verizon store on 4 th & Union to ask for a pencil and paper. They gave me pen and paper and I went to the window and wrote down the messages on the placards as the people marched by. I found myself a seat, and it was also a welcomed rest! I thought I would stop at 100 messages, but it grew to more like 250; the messages were too good, and I couldn’t stop. The messages are copied below.
When I got to Westlake Center the atmosphere seemed festival-like. People were beginning to take a break, and enjoy some refreshment. There were some musicians interspersed along the route which offered a lighthearted atmosphere; one man I saw later was marching while playing his drum. I begged a pen from a few ladies in Westlake Park so I could keep writing down the slogans I passed, having surrendered the pen at Verizon; so many good phrases. I stopped at the ping pong table, got myself on the court, and came from behind to win a game to seven points!
I saw a few people I knew but not very many; five in total: a pair of members from The RUINS, my clerk at Perfect Copy & Print on Broadway, a pretty server who worked for us back in the ‘80s, a man whom I only know slightly, and Dan, Mitch and Parris’s neighbor, who held an Anti-inauguration Ball at The RUINS last night for 300 guests!
The march ended at Seattle Center. We entered the Center at the base of the Space Needle, where the first resting place was the fountain at the circular drive.  Marching on, around the corner was the Center House, then the vista above the Fisher Pavilion, overlooking the large fountain. Barbeque smelled so good; the air was thick with it, and the vendors were doing a brisk business. I walked down the steps to the level below, and this is where the crowd dissipated. Everyone dispersed or stayed in the big space around the International Fountain. The rain only began at the very end, and even then only a drizzle.
All in all, the march was very successful. Everyone was very polite and kind to each other. The police were very polite as well. There were no mishaps. With 20/20 hindsight, my placard would have read “Sore knee/s walking in solidarity with you all”. Below is a list of all the messages on placards which I wrote down. My caveat is that many are visceral!
I left my house at 9:20 a.m. I started marching at noon. With my long stop at Verizon, I probably reached the Center at about 3:00 o’clock. At 5:00 o’clock (I lingered in the neighborhood a few hours), the number 8 bus was packed, and the bus driver let us on for free. We had to cram our way in on the back of the bus; he didn’t even open up the front door, just pointed to opened doors in the back. I kept seeing more good slogans, even on the bus. My last entry refers to the date 1619. I asked the owner what was the significance of that date; she said it was the first recorded strike by organized labor; her message: Organized labor fighting greed since 1619.
The Sunday newspaper estimated our crowd at 100,000 to 150,000. Now the police department is suggesting that our numbers were closer to 175,000.
– Virginia Wyman

 

 

Thank you so much for your role in organizing such a powerful event!  Yours in the continuing struggle!
– Jim Diers (see Jim’s pictures here)

 

It was a momentous day! We brought our 5 yr-old daughter – she said she wished the March “would never end” and that she could “march forever!” I hope she won’t have to, but I admire her vim. 😉
– Faith Haney

 

 

Courtesy of Mary Peterson

The two pictures [above] show our group.  The one on the left is before the March as we excitedly wait for a bus.  Sharon (sister), Vickie (cousin), Karen (sister), Elaine (daughter), Mary (sister), Eileen (sister), Joan (sister).  Five sisters who LOVE President Obama and First Lady Michele. And were devastated when Trump was elected. We had tried to go to WA DC but the price was too much.  So we were SO excited to sign up for the March in Seattle!  The picture on the right is at the end of the March at the Seattle Science Center.  By then our hips were aching but we were so happy!  Also we had added my husband Jack and son Mike to the group, as well as (the following not pictured) son Matt and girlfriend Jana, sister in law Beth, and her mom Helen. My daughter Jackie was marching in Oakland CA. All our other children who could not attend walked with us in spirit.  We are filled with hope and feel empowered.  It was so AWESOME to march with 130,000 others!!!  We are staying politically active and vigilant. Thank you for ALL  your work and the ongoing ideas (10 Actions/100 Days) for us to use!!!  We are going to continue enjoying wearing our Woman’s March Seattle sweatshirts to keep the movement alive! The sweatshirts are so beautiful!  Compliments to the artist!
– Mary Peterson

 

I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of this peaceful, quiet, yet energized march that joined women, men, and children from every marginalized group to make a power statement, not just to President Trump but to the entire country and across the world.  It gives me chills to know that I was a part of something truly historic.
– Debbie King

 

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Courtesy of Amy Beins

 

It is difficult to put into words exactly how I came to be involved.
I typically voice my opinions through voting and supporting my community. I began to support my community by making pussy hats for individuals in my neighborhood which turned into a group of us getting together to make hats.
The more we talked I knew this march would have a bigger impact if I were there in person.
Being a nanny and a transplant I only have a handful of friends. Friends that wanted to come but couldn’t due to other responsibilities so when a couple nannies posted they were looking for someone to walk with I jumped on board (and made them each a hat too).
For me this march was more than showing unity among the women across the United States and world, it helped me be a part of my community in a big way, it helped me connect with new people I may not have met otherwise.
On my way to the march my Uber driver thanked me for representing, for thinking of people other than myself and the future of his daughters.
Joining the march I expected a large crowd but what I saw was more than expected, more than just a large crowd. I may have felt overwhelmed had the individuals there not been so welcoming, so proud to have you join them in unity.
I will never forgot that I was a part of the Seattle Womxn’s March and it all started with making pussy hats for my community. I went out of my comfort zone to be a part of something greater than me.
– Amy Beins

 

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Courtesy of Mary Eldridge

This is a letter to the Editor of the Daily Olympian submitted today.  Here also is a picture of this wonderful group of women. 
On Friday, January 20th eight incredible women from Olympia and Seattle areas gathered in a room at a Seattle hotel to prepare signs for the Women‘s March. We used the opportunity to discuss our feelings about Donald Trump’s inauguration and its impact on women’s, social justice and equality issues and protecting the environment. We had deep and meaningful conversations about our fears related to the new administration. But we soon turned to the question “what are we going to do besides wring our hands?”   And that is why I’m writing this letter. We as a group decided that we could not stand by. The first thing we did was to organize a group mailing list. We promised to keep each other informed of issues that threatened our and our citizens’ rights or our environmental protections. We will expand that group to include others as we go along. Each spoke of specific activities they will get involved in over the next several months which will include identifying people we know in districts around the state and country and sending them letters or emails of encouragement and wisdom. Other ideas shared were using our speaking platforms to inform; joining organizations that support our concerns; and even running for elected office! Just imagine if there are similar groups forming all over the country that will take similar actions! We will make a difference!
– Mary Eldridge

 

Courtesy of Rob Braby

I marched for my wife and all of the under represented in this country.
– Rob Braby

 

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Courtesy of Elisabet Skyhawk – Port Townsend March

PRIDE ON WOMXN’S MARCH DAY 
I am so proud to be marching
with millions of sisters,
to be a 70 year-old womxn
who has persevered through
shunning and shaming,
through cancer and heart attacks,
through incest and rape,
so proud to SHOW UP…

I am so proud to be marching with
millions of sisters,
all of us, fed up and ready for action,
outraged and done
with the puny handouts
that built our false economies…

I am so proud to be marching
with millions of sisters,
who feel despair and hopelessness
and still form Alliances of Resistance
Demanding a New Democracy,
that fits our deeply Diverse Humanity…

I am so proud to
roll up my sleeves with millions of sisters,
because i’m ready to dig in and stay put,
to be done with bullies and
forked-tongue promises,
ready to tear down the shabby remains
of our
“one-size-fits-no-one” democracy…

I am so proud to be marching
with millions of sisters,
courageously leaving our cloistered encampments,
fed up and ready for action,
because,
i’m done with hiding in my fortified fabrications,
listening to braggarts
slapping each other on the back!

I am proud
to stand with millions of sisters,
demanding Equality, Justice and Truth,
because, I am sick of watching
self-appointed heros fight
for THEIR versions of My Best Good…

I am so proud to march with millions of womxn
shouting NO! to the lip service
we have listened to
far too long…
Hear US Now!
keep your hands and opinions
off OUR bodies,
out of OUR minds
and out of OUR Precious Souls…
LISTEN! NOW!
when we tell you
who we are,
and who we’re not,
who we’ve never been,
and who WE ARE BE-COMING!
– elisabet skyhawk, port townsend march, port townsend, washington

 

Thanks for organizing such a FANTASTIC event. It meant so much to me!!!
Warm Regards,
– Malayka Gormally (see Malayka’s pictures here)

 

Thank you for organizing a fantastic march on Saturday. It was truly inspiring to be a part of.
Daniel Lee

 

 

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Courtesy of Mary Kay Taylor

A life-changing day with endless crowds of good people!
Mary Kay Taylor

 

Attached is a photo of my twin daughters Iris and Opal as we are heading to the March! They marched, napped and rode through Seattle on Sunday in the Womxn March.
– Ann Rennick

 

Maureen Cain

Thank you for organizing such a wonderful event!
– Maureen Cain

 

I’m Natalie Sturdy and I was honored to be able to be a part of the Seattle march on Saturday! It was an incredible and moving experience and I want to thank the organizers for putting on the event. I have some photos I took that I thought I’d share with you! Feel free to post them all on Facebook if you like!
Thank you so much again, you are all wonderful people ❤
– Natalie Sturdy (see Natalie’s pictures here)

 

It was an amazing experience!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
– Cindy McIntyre

 

I joined the march as a proud intersectional feminist, as a woman of color, a Muslim, an immigrant, and someone who believes in the power of the people to stand up and speak out for all disadvantaged, oppressed and marginalized groups.
I had been a little apprehensive before the march as I watched news of protesters vandalizing public spaces during the presidential inauguration. However, my experience at the Womxn’s March on Jan 21, 2017 was full of positivity, hope, good humor, and wonderful conversations with friendly strangers. I was particularly impressed by how many children were present at the march, and how they were being included—whether by wearing their own pussy hats, holding their own signs, or joining in the chants. To me, it was a poignant sign that more parents are starting to understand how the future really does belong to the next generation, and how important it is to empower them with both knowledge and compassion.
– Nadia Nurmukhametova (see Nadia’s pictures here)

 

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Courtesy of K.R.

the woman in this pic walked next to my family for a bit, and from the corner of my eye i could see her kinda checking us out. i wasn’t sure what was up, but when my wife turned to her, the woman said, “i made an extra hat, and i was looking for a girl to give it to.” she held the hat out to our kid who took it and said thanks. then i snapped a pic of them. we didn’t bother telling the woman that our kid is a boy.
thanks for your work organizing the march. i’m sure it was a colossal undertaking. i’m hearing talk of marches being planned for saturday, april 15 to pressure trump into releasing his tax returns. if you all are involved in such a thing, please let me know. i don’t know if i’ll have bandwidth to help, but my family and i will certainly be there.
onward,
-K.R.

 

First I want to thank the organizers and volunteers. You created an extraordinary day in my life with fellow friends and strangers. I also want to thank my friend Maureen Kiely-teacher, counselor, advocate, and great friend who got me up that morning to go and March despite being under the weather. I’m paying for it now but worth every snot and sneeze.
– Volare14 (see Volare14’s pictures here)

 

Thank you so much for this. That was by far one of the best days of my life! I feel hopeful and full of positive fire for the first time since trump’s nomination. Thank you to all the men women and children that participated.
 Mande Whitaker (see Mande’s pictures here)

 

I attended the Seattle Womxn’s March and felt a mixture of emotions. After feeling intense despair after the inauguration, it was uplifting to feel the massive power of my city as a force towards good. We showed up in a big way and that gave me hope when I really needed it. I didn’t expect such a large turnout because I often attend other demonstrations in this community that typically don’t exceed a few thousand. I couldn’t help but notice that there were relatively no Seattle Police closing in on the mostly white crowd. I honestly barely saw any officers. That was strange considering how many make their presence very well known during Black Lives Matter marches…Then I felt sad with that realization that the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the No Youth Jail protests, the marches for Aleppo, they’re not supported as vigorously in our city as this march proves to be possible. I hope the intersectionality of the Seattle womxn’s march inspires and perhaps convinces white women in our city to branch out and support the marginalized people in our communities and the causes that are priorities for them. We need to achieve equality and representation for all women. Feminism and anti-racism go hand in hand…
 Eileen Roney (see Eileen’s pictures here)

 

This was a fantastic experience. Thanks for organizing it!  No easy feat I’m sure.  My mom is 80 and it was one of our top epic memories together to date.  She made over 25 pussy hats. She had a few left over on Saturday morning and handed them out to little kids, couples, trans and gays who needed a little pink for the parade.
Thanks,
– Beth Peterson and Helen Harris (my mom) (see Beth’s pictures here)

 

Courtesy of Harmony Pinette

Sending you a few pics from the march in Seattle. I loved seeing the 3 women who chose to be there even with their physical challenges.
The police presence was supportive and friendly. The one in the close up had a baggie of dark chocolate hearts, wrapped in pink foil and gave some to our group as we stopped and thanked them. We offered him a sign to hold but they aren’t allowed to.
If you want more pics let me know and I’ll send more.
– Harmony Pinette

 

WAITING TO MARCH
She was lost
We were asked to find her
Little Megan
Where are your bright eyes
Blue the speakers reverberated
Brown hair, screeched out
She is ten and had a sign
She made at the kitchen table
A sharpie on cardboard
“Please be Nice” she wrote
Come to the sound of my voice
The speakers echoed
Off the growing crowd
Her mother’s cry
“I need you here with me
Come to the stage”
And arose a great cheer
Obviously clear, Megan found
Looking up, a bald eagle soared
Now a second one
Eagles mate for life you know
Everyone understood
It was going to be a good day
To march for every child
Lost and found ***
– Mark Karason

 

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Courtesy of Jeanne Acutanza

Best day ever!!  Here is me and my pal, Nissa People kept asking me where I was from. (An immigrant, not going back). The back of my sign is below.  Not going back in time. Also I asked friends on fb if they couldn’t go to a March did they want me to carry them in my pocket. I wrote their names there and carried them with me.  So many more were with us.  My friend Diana on the paper asked me. She reminded me that in 1973 she marched on the Capital against the Vietnam war with a note from me in her pocket. Cheers, Jeanne Acutanza, Kirkland.  Ps I think we should all file tax extensions until the president shows us his returns.
– Jeanne Acutanza

 

THANK YOU for everything you have done and are continuing to do!  You are a HERO!
– Dawn Lemmel (see Dawn’s pictures here)

 

Thanks so much for galvanizing us!
– Alison Krupnick

 

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Courtesy of Bonnie I. Headman

I am 66 years old and this is the first time I have marched since the 60’s and 70’s.  I walked with a family and their young daughters.  It was a wonderful experience.  thank you.
– Bonnie I. Hedman

 

Courtesy of Helena Jonsson

Such a wonderful day! Thank you for all your organization and love.
My name is Helena Björk Jonsson. I marched with my dear Friends and have never felt more united. ❤️
– Helena Jonsson

 

I was part of the full bus from San Juan Islands who proudly marched on Saturday. It was, still is actually, an incredibly powerful experience for us all…kids, men and women. From the moment we stepped off the Bellair charter bus, we were swept up into the march and were awed by the peacefulness, the amazingly poignant and humorous signs carried, the quiet presence of the SPD, and the purpose. Sincere and huge kudos to you all for the planning that went into this important day…the myriad hours and details you put into making this successful did not go unnoticed. Thank you!
– Gay Graham

 

Just want to thank all those that worked so hard to provide such a special memorable day.
– RARyning

 

Thank you!!!
– Sherry Shanabarger

 

My wife Jen and I marched this past Saturday. We just wanted to say what an amazing march you all put together. Thank you.
 Andre Kimball

 

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Courtesy of Charlotte Myxter

On January 21st, four of us pussyhatted, nasty women marched with the massive display of force and fortitude that was the Seattle Womxn’s March. While the entire experience from coordinating efforts to attend, to connecting with Pussyhat Project knitters, to the actual march itself provide so many memories to share, the most memorable moment for me occurred hours after the march had ended. Late into the evening, as the four of us waited to retrieve our car and head home, a woman outside our hotel hurriedly approached us. Gesturing to our pussyhats, the woman sincerely looked us in the eye, and with tears in her eyes said, “Thank you.” This lovely lady went on to share that she is a teacher and had teaching commitments keeping her from participating in the march. She thanked us for marching with such genuine enthusiasm and heartfelt gratitude that I left feeling re-inspired and so very pleased to have been of service. This is why I march.
– Charlotte Myxter

 

Courtesy of Mary Stout

I just wanted to thank the women who had the original idea & all who helped organize it.  I haven’t been to a protest march since 1969—& my husband had never been to one before!  Somehow, even though we were protesting, there was an atmosphere of hope & optimism.  Dare I say people were having fun?!  I’m glad everything stayed peaceful. I haven’t felt this encouraged since before the election! I hope this is just the beginning.
There were some wonderful signs.  Here are photos of a few of my favorites.
– Mary Stout

 

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our stories. This march was life-changing.
It felt good to march into history. Now to keep it going.
If the election filled me with despair, Saturday’s record-breaking women’s marches across the US and around the world lifted my heart and filled me with hope.
Our Misogynist-in-Chief Donald Trump has poked a sleeping lioness, and boy is she pissed!  I say sleeping because many of the women (and men) who felt compelled to turn out Saturday had grown complacent leading up to his election. Many of us looked at the polls and said, “Hillary’s got this.”
For many, maybe even most, this march was a first.
I count myself in that number. I’ve never been politically active. Yes, I’m a regular voter who can be persuaded to donate to a cause now and then. I’ll sign petitions I support, but I’ve never started or circulated one. I’ve never volunteered for anything outside of my sons’ schools.
You’d never find me at a rally because I hate crowds. The thought of joining tens of thousands of people (original crowd projection) in downtown Seattle scared me more than a little bit. How would I get down there and back with all those bodies overloading public transit? What if things get out of hand?
Thank goodness for some gentle prodding, first from my sister-in-law, Mara Funk, who enthusiastically shared her plans to travel to Washington, D.C., and then from Kathryn Gardow and her husband, Dave Bradlee, who hosted a pre-Seattle march breakfast and logistics meeting. They made it easy to say yes.
Thank goodness also for the Pussyhat Project. A knitting protest was right up this introvert crafter’s alley. The pattern was simple. Finding solid fuchsia yarn was not. While I searched the picked-over selection of pinks in the yarn aisle of Fred Meyer, I was joined by three other women doing the same thing. We talked about creative solutions, briefly bonding over our happy dilemma.
That’s when I knew this event was going to be big, and that I had to be a part of it. I had to register how appalled I was that a man who boasted about sexually assaulting women could be elected president. I had to stand up against racism, xenophobia and fear-mongering, and stand up for human rights, health care access and our warming planet.  I couldn’t sit this one out with the rationalization that no one would miss me.
As everyone knows by now, size matters to our new president. I’m just one person, but I wanted to help make the Womxn’s March on Seattle the biggest it could be. Maybe a pink tidal wave would show him that we will not forget or forgive his sneering disparagement of so many. If we amassed “in numbers too big to ignore,” maybe he’d find it hard to dismiss us or blame others (like the media), though I felt sure he’d try. That’s what narcissists do.
So walking with my pussy-hatted sisters and brothers was my way of showing that I will not be dismissed.
Now, of course, the challenge will be to turn this symbolic protest into a sustained effort with goals and actions. It’s up to each and every one of us to stay vigilant and engaged. I’ll admit that’s easier said than done. That’s why I’m writing this blog — to hold my own self accountable.
So here’s my vow for any and all to see. I will:
* Stay informed, using reliable local, national and international news sources.
* Call out falsehoods when I hear them.
* Freely discuss issues that matter to me, including justice for all, health care for all, reproductive choice and climate change.
* Let my neighbors and friends who are Muslim and/or immigrants know that I support them.
* Stand up against bullying and hate and encourage my boys to do likewise.
* Donate to three key organizations fighting for the groups/issues threatened by Trump’s administration and the Republican-controlled Congress.
* Vote.
* I’m also going to knit a pussy hat for my 81-year-old mother. She wants one.
– Pam McGaffin (see more of Pam’s pictures here)

 

I marched in support of women, women’s rights, and my wife, Seattle yoga instructor Fran Gallo, who put on a free pre-march yoga class at Seattle’s Town Hall. I offer up these two small pieces of observation at the rally:
***
freedom march rally—
a crow runs a hawk off
the public commons
***
two eagles
circle the freedom marchers setting out
from sacred grounds
– Rick Clark, haiku poet

 

NOT HIS PAGEANT
Once we held a true beauty pageant,
Each woman the ideal size & hue and the most attractive age,
A movement with librarians and schoolteachers in the spotlight at last,
Knitters and Golden Rule followers suddenly center stage.
Adorned with our daughters & our matriarchs, not gowns,
It was the working artists who dazzled in the talent competition,
While our resilience…(not our bodies, ranked)…stood on display,
Girl posters, wry and frank, were contestant-Q & A-turned-benediction.
Our intersectional revolution wore sensible shoes,
Homebodies and introverts the new supermodels of sororité,
Hey you, with the good spelling! (and soul to match),
You earned a crown and sash TO MATCH YOUR CAPE that day.
❤️
– Shannon Hogan Warburg

 

My favorite photos are the ones of the kids.  Some of the kids, especially the one who was holding their sign upside down, looked so happy.  Some friends and I drove down from Victoria, BC.  We were one American citizen, one Canadian citizen, two women with dual American and Canadian citizenship, and one woman with Canadian and Dutch citizenship.  We marched with a friend who lives in Seattle, and several of her friends. We were overwhelmed by all the amazing messages calling for justice in so many ways and in the face of so many intersecting oppressions. It was very moving to be with thousands of people who care about justice and about the dignity of all people.  Thanks so much to everyone who showed up for justice, dignity, and love that day. 
I should add that the women I traveled with and I are all cis white women, and the attention at the march to oppressions that we don’t experience deepened our commitment to showing up for others and using our privilege for good.  We’re hoping to come back to Seattle soon to attend a Black Lives Matter event and show our support for the justice and dignity of Black folks, and to continue to listen and learn and show up.  We will try to help the resistance as next we can. Thanks,
– Liz Cronin

 

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Courtesy of Alis Willenberg

I marched in the Seattle Women’s March on January 21, 2017 because I am an atheist, bisexual woman and mom. I do NOT want religion in my government, in my bedroom and certainly not all over my reproductive rights. I marched against misogyny, and a patriarchal society. I marched for my nieces, future daughter-in-law, and any future granddaughters. I marched for civil rights and equality for everyone, and against the hate within our newly elected government. What truly touched my heart at the march though, was how many supportive men were there with their moms, wives, sisters, daughters and nieces. It gave me hope and promise. I came down with the flu two days before the march and was not sure if I would be well enough to march. On Saturday morning, I was so happy to be feeling better and knew I needed to march or else I would regret it forever. This is the umbrella I made and carried down 4th street, with the flu. This is the umbrella that spoke this introverts’ truth.
– Alis Willenberg

 

Thank you for making this event happen! I feel refueled and ready to fight the long fight. I got the idea for this protest dress the day after the election. Then I couldn’t bring myself to work on it until it was evident that the impending nightmare was actually happening. So the week before the inauguration I started putting it together- which was therapeutic. I wanted to honor the Suffragettes with a modern twist.  The March was extremely therapeutic. thank you. thank you. thank you.  
Proud to Stand with you all,
– Amy Snyder

 

Allison here from the Port Townsend Leader just connecting. We had almost 1,000 people attend our Womxn’s March, which was led by a transgender women. Thanks for letting me know what the X stood for.
– Allison Arthur

 

Many thanks for putting together a fantastic and powerful, world-shaking event! Let’s keep it going!’
– Thomas Ager (see Thomas’ pictures here)

 

THANK YOU ❤ ❤ ❤ – What an amazing, empowering, inspirational, beautiful, peaceful, spectacular, historic event!  You guys did great!!!
– Marta Holt

 

Courtesy of Megan Lane

It was a miracle of organizational excellence…my hat is off to you
– Megan Lane

 

My kids and I marched in Seattle while my wife and our daughter marched in D.C. I was an amazing experience and we felt unified. As a family and a as an impactful force of reason! Thank you for organizing!
– Kevin McPherson

 

I was in DC but proud of my sisters in Seattle!  
Best Always!
– Susan Hand

 

Thank you for you amazing hard work in organizing the largest (and longest!) march in Seattle!  Onward!
– Sheri Feld (Who uses her smartphone as a phone – calling representatives daily)

 

I was a part of something big. I am 65 years old, my health is not good, and I live a quiet life at the beach. But I started to knit pussyhats, and I followed the Women’s March on facebook, and I went to the volunteer training. My sister and I didn’t know if we could walk 3 and a half miles, but we certainly could talk to people for four hours. I was energized by the whole experience!
Then I returned home to watch the news of the big event. The criticism and the mocking on some cable news and in social media started to get in my head. But what some were saying did not line up with what I saw on Saturday.
Our job as volunteers was an excellent way to start conversations. We counted people by placing a sticker on their coats. We asked them to march with a group or non-profit organization that they might be able to support after the march. We ran out of stickers about an hour before the march started, and marchers were sad that they didn’t get a sticker- they wanted to be counted! *
The conversations were powerful and positive:
– I saw women who had been isolated like me since the election, and they wanted to talk. They wanted to know what to do next.
– I saw families marching together, babies in strollers and back packs, little kids who had made their own signs, men wearing the pink hats quite proudly.
– I saw groups of young people, all genders, all races, as excited to be there as I was. All ages turned out.
My husband and my sister’s father-in-law offered to be our transportation team- they dropped us off and picked us up; they wanted to do something to show their support.
Among hundreds of reasons, some reasons stood out- “women’s rights are human rights,” climate change is real, and women should have control of their own bodies.
It was a day that people took seriously, but it was a festive day as well. People had worked hard on their signs, and many were done with humor. People thanked us for volunteering- we even got some hugs.
As I reflect on everything I saw that day and am faced with negative reports now, I say, “Were you there? Let me tell you my experience.”
Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something important.
From one of the nice white ladies who will stand up for everyone to feel safe and be respected and have a voice,
– Emily Lowe