Women's March on Seattle Feminisim is action

After Donald Trump was elected President I was upset. Just about anyone who believes in basic human rights was. I was angry and wanted to do something about it. A man who has publicly voiced his opinions against women, African Americans, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, Mexicans, and disabled people multiple times was about to be our President. I wasn't going to just sit back and let us move backwards instead of forwards.

A few days later, I found a Facebook event for the Women's March on Seattle which was standing in solidarity with the Women's March on D.C. This march was an opportunity for anyone who believed in women's rights/is against the new administration to stand up and take action. So I called on my liberal feminist partner in crime, Megan, and we knew we had to go.

My Poster for the March
Megan took this selfie for her Instagram Story on the way to the March

On January 21,2017 (the day of the march) we put on our Feminist gear and we were on our way. I was excited and scared. Whenever you do something like this there is always some risk. A large group of people together voicing their political opinions can be dangerous, but luckily it was a completely peaceful demonstration.

A look out at the crowd during a rally before the march.
Megan and I during the rally.

Upon our arrival in Seattle, we were greeted by groups of people with signs and pink "pussy hats", so we were getting pretty pumped. When we got to Judkins Park we were taken aback by the sea of signs, pink hats, and enthusiastic people of all genders, sexualities, races, religions, and backgrounds. As I looked out at the crowd I thought to myself, "This is America, this is what we are fighting for." I wasn't just there because I thought it would look good on Instagram or because it's what everyone was doing, I went because I believe in equality and the importance of just being a good person. Nobody should feel suppressed or discriminated against, and the truth should not be covered with lies.

Only a few of the amazing posters at the Women's March in Seattle.

When we began to march I couldn't help myself from pointing at and reading almost every sign I saw to Megan (I think she started to get a little annoyed). The whole thing was surprisingly joyous and fun. I was expecting to be yelling and angry the whole 3.6 mile walk, but it was fun and empowering. Something about being surrounded by thousands of like minded and supportive people, who are as angry as I am, created a sense of pride and unity.

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided" -J.K. Rowling
Thousands of people covered the streets of Seattle for the Women's March on Seattle.

The Seattle march ended by the Space Needle in Seattle Center, and everyone cheered all the way there. Throughout the trail there were many speakers who started chants, and my favorite phrase was "This is Democracy!" Those same speakers voiced many of our opinions because it was a silent protest. One voice says more than everyone yelling over each other. Finally, after about four and a half hours we arrived at the Space Needle, completing the march.

(From left to right) Emily, Me (Caylin), and Megan after finishing the Women's March on Seattle.

It's estimated that about 175,000 people came together and marched in Seattle, this covered the entire 3.6 mile trail with marchers. The Women's March in Seattle is the largest march to ever take place in Seattle, Washington. This protest wasn't just in D.C and Seattle, marches took place all over the nation and all over the world. New York, Chicago, London, Iceland, and Antarctica are only a few of the places that held Women's Marches in solidarity with D.C. Furthermore, in D.C it's estimated that about 500,000 people marched when only about 196,000 attended Trumps inauguration.

Poster at the Women's March in Seattle.
Probably my favorite poster at the Women's March on Seattle.

"This is a Marathon, not a Sprint." There is no quick fix to injustice. This is only the first step, there are still many more to take if we want to achieve equality (especially with the new administration). We will get there, as long as we move forward and not let this new President hold us back. "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear" -Suzanne Collins. This is history in the making, so raise your voice and get your marching shoes ready.

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