As most may have seen, the Women’s March on Washington received a huge turnout on January 21. The aura overflowed with joy and hopefulness for the future. From the moment I stepped off of the buses with my classmates, I knew this march of unity was going to be one of the biggest caliber that we had seen so far in our lifetimes.
During our two hour wait to purchase a metro card, the group surrounding me had a little contest to see who could spot the most creative signs, and there were many! The array consisted of witty, smart, and intricately detailed posters and diagrams. Once on the metro, I had the joy of being with some of the most passionate, joyous people. We broke into our own renditions of “I Will Survive”, “Irreplaceable”, and other empowering songs and chants. People even broke out their instruments like tubas and tambourines. Upon getting to Capitol South, we were so full of excitement that we would’ve liked to move through the crowd quickly to get closer and closer to the stage on Independence Avenue, but it was impossible to fit anyone else in the city. As much room as we would’ve liked to have, we didn’t mind becoming close friends with our neighbors. It was nice to see all types of women coming together in solidarity to better the future for their families and others.
When I first planned on attending the march, I never thought of anyone but women I didn’t know going to support the same causes and necessary changes as I. As the speakers began to filter to the stage, I realized that I was in the presence of not only friends and strangers, but a list of celebrities who came from all over to shed light on the meaning of the day. Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Madonna, and corporate CEOS of businesses dedicated to women’s wellbeing lifted us up as the rally and march charged on.
Going to this march was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Being a part of the biggest political protest in history was an amazing honor, but won’t be half as great as when our marches turn into too much to ignore, the day a definite change occurs to support the health and well-being of all women, everywhere. I have never felt so full and proud to be a woman in a time like this. It is truly revolutionary.
Again, I extend gratitude to my wonderful school for giving me the opportunity and helping hand in getting to Washington and making a difference.
Written by Zoë Pierson