Women's March: Giving My Daughter a Voice
WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH
Melinda Baxter, Woolwich, ME
Voted in 2016 Election
What inspired you to go?
Feeling incredulous about Trump's election and the hate speech and rhetoric of his campaign, I felt like my voice, and my 12 year old daughter's voice, needed to be heard. I felt scared about our future and wanted to take tangible action and not stay passive.
What are some of the key issues that concern you in regards to women?
Reproductive rights, equal pay, paid maternity leave.
What was your experience like at the Women's March?
The march was amazing though we didn't do as much marching as I thought we would because there were so many people there we couldn't march the intended route! Being with so many like minded people of all ages, gender and race was so powerful! I felt safe and supported by all the people I interacted with that day despite the intense crowds. People were so polite and helpful. The sentiments we were expressing were vehement but our treatment of others was utterly respectful.
Being there with my 12 year old daughter is something I'll never forget. She was so impacted by the experience, and very moved. It was amazing to watch her have this once in a lifetime experience! It was wonderful to see all the moms, and dads too, that brought their young children. I was worried about safety before we went but there were absolutely no issues whatsoever! I didn't even see any security or police in the crowds the whole day!
Another piece of the story which wasn't about the actual march was the experience of traveling to and from the event. The pink pussy hat was a galvanizing experience. I would see people in the airports or shops with their hats and we were instantly friends, united by a common cause.
Others would recognize the hat and say a supportive comment like "I'm with you!”
It made people who would normally be strangers, friends. It was one of my favorite parts of the experience! I wish we could behave this way all the time. If we did the world would definitely be a better place!
Photo credit: Melinda Baxter
On Saturday, January 21st, millions of women across the U.S. marched to show solidarity in times of uncertainty. Women stood up and let lawmakers know their voices will be heard. From Los Angeles to St. Paul, from Chicago to Washington, D.C., cities swelled with large numbers of not only women, but men, too. Estimates currently range from 3.2 to 5 million people who peacefully protested.
To put that number in perspective, Washington, D.C.'s current numbers roughly match the 1969 Anti-Vietnam protest in D.C. The Women's March may wind up being the largest single day protest in the history of the U.S. cultural institutions across the globe are collecting signs from the protest, keeping them as historical artifacts.
In response to the protests, President Donald Trump tweeted:
In response to his remarks, and to inspire generations to come with this incredible moment in history, we present to you Women's March series. The series will share stories from the Women's March, as experienced by the men and women who attended them.