Experiencing the Women’s March on Washington

By AMANDA KOCHANOWSKI, Guest Writer

The Women’s March on Washington started with one woman and a Facebook post.

It ended with 1.2 million participants worldwide.

Washington saw some 500,000 people marching down Pennsylvania Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 21, while sister marches in cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and London also saw hundreds of thousands of participants.

This seems to show what our generation is all about.

Yes, we do care a lot about social media.

But when it’s time to show up, we show up big.

There is no greater feeling of comradery than marching down the middle of the street, surrounded by strong and independent women, as well as a few men who came to support the cause.

The feeling of helping a stranger to get their chant to catch on in the crowd: “He can’t build a wall, his hands are too small!” It eventually becomes a phrase repeated over and over again for the next few hours.

The feeling of a woman helping you into your jacket since there isn’t enough room in the crowd to move your arms.

Watching celebrities speak and sing their support for the cause, their support for participants, their support for you.

The March was also extremely inclusive.

Woman? You belong.

Man? You belong.

Straight, gay, lesbian, transsexual or gender nonconforming? You belong.

Black, Asian, Indian, Muslim, white or Latino? You belong.

Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist or Atheist? You belong.

The March touched on issues seen across the board in politics, focusing of course on the fact that “Women’s rights are human rights,” as said by Hillary Clinton.

Other causes included Black Lives Matter, Immigration Laws, Gay Rights and many others.

The overall idea of the March was easily summed up in one single conversation I witnessed.

A woman selling red hats, reading “WTF America?” similar to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats spoke to a man interested in buying one.

“You should’ve made them another color! That’s his color!” the man said.

“The color red existed before Donald Trump. He doesn’t own it,” the woman responded.

The message was loud and clear; he may be here, but he does not own us, does not own America. We existed before Trump, and we will certainly exist after. We will make it through the next four years, and we will not go quietly.