Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

We Did It!

The largest protest in US history! Sister marches all over the world, on all seven continents! This is only the beginning. We will not be silenced. I went to the New York march, where an estimated 400,000 people came out. There were so many of us that the march route couldn’t contain us and we poured into other streets, essentially shutting down midtown Manhattan. In contrast to the way most of us felt on Friday, the mood was jovial, uplifting, and hopeful. It was the first time I’ve felt hopeful in a couple of months. Best of all, I felt proud to be an American. And proud to be a woman. Thank you to all of you who joined marches yesterday, especially to those of you who marched outside the US in solidarity with Americans, and to those for whom being in large crowds is particularly difficult, and for those who marched in small, conservative towns. It’s pretty easy to protest in a big city filled with like-minded citizens and leaders, but I know that isn’t the case for many people who came out yesterday and I salute their/your bravery. Thank you! (And thank you to the dads, like Drew, who held down the forts so the moms could march!) We did it. And we’re going to keep doing it, for as long as it takes.

UPDATE: If you went to a march yesterday and have some pics you want to share, send them along and I’ll update this post as I receive them. Photos after the jump!

Here are a few from me, taken in Manhattan:

 

From MaterialsGirl, taken in Chicago:

From Christa in DC, who writes: “Thank you so much for your website. I love it and have been reading it for years. The addition of the activism posts are amazing. Keep it up, you are making a difference.”:

From Cat in Philly, who says: “I’ve read your blog for years and am so inspired by your weekly steps of activism. Here are a few photos some friends and I took at the march in Philadelphia yesterday. The guy with the sign in pic #2 was adorable and got so many cheers as people passed.”:

From Sue in Ontario:

From Catherine in Chicago:

“Here’s my church group – First Congregational UCC.”

“Girls from the western suburbs waiting for the train into Chicago – there were all ages represented at the march and it was so cool to see young girls and teenagers.”

From Classic, in San Marcos, California, who says: “San Marcos was the closest place to me that had a sister march. I was so worried that no one would show up, since it has been raining for several days. I know, Southern California problems, right? Haha! But it was a huge turnout, and everyone was so happy just to be there and to be together with other sane people 🙂

From Zombeyonce, in Portland, OR (the gal in the middle), who writes: “While plenty of us and our signs were soaked through long before the march even started, it was heartening to see everyone come together in solidarity.”

From Portia in DC, who writes: “Here are some pictures I took at the march in DC (that first one is in front of the Trump Hotel, which looked like it was surrounded on all sides by a sea of pink). It was an amazing and uplifting experience!”

From Natalie in DC:

From LisforLeslie in Manhattan:

From Jill in Providence, who writes: “It was a cloudy, gloomy day…and as soon as the rally started the clouds clear and all you could see was blue sky. I took it as a sign. It was an incredibly positive, peaceful protest. We had speakers from all walks of life…from high school students working for a change to Planned Parenthood staff. Gave me lots of hope!!!”

From JustMax in Honolulu, who writes: “Here are some photos from the March in Honolulu, HI. There was a great turn out; so many men carrying signs that read “I’m with her” and “I’m with all of the hers.” We had rain and strong winds this weekend, but the march went on and people showed up! It was an amazing gathering. It was hope and strength and solidarity.”

From Libby in Boston:

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    Kate January 22, 2017, 7:06 am

    Love the golden shower someone made!!! Hold onto your panties, guys, because I think there’s way more where that piece of repulsive information came from! Or I should say, information that’s much more repulsive.

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    MissDre January 22, 2017, 9:31 am

    Amazing!

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    Juliecatharine January 22, 2017, 9:36 am

    You are such a bunch of bad bitches. Love love love it.

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    YoYo January 22, 2017, 10:27 am

    I didn’t get the greatest pictures, but the Philly march was incredible! Seeing the range of generations and variety of people was just so uplifting.

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    rocketgirl January 22, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Portland was incredible – so many people in the pouring rain. I think all the marches ended up with so many more people then were expected. What a day of hope and solidarity!

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      Zombeyonce January 22, 2017, 5:23 pm

      I wonder how many of us here are in pdx? We should have a meet up.

      I saw a great sign at the Portland march with a drawing of the White House that said “Sex offenders aren’t allowed to live in government housing”.

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        rocketgirl January 23, 2017, 12:41 am

        I don’t know but that is a great idea!

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    othy January 22, 2017, 12:52 pm

    This is my favorite sign that I’ve seen from the various rallys: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/01/21/ian-mckellen-meme-womens-march-facepalm_n_14310188.html

    My rally is actually scheduled for tomorrow, since it’s the first day of our state’s legislative session (and Saturday was already booked at our capitol by a different rally). It’s at 2, so I’m hoping I can talk my way out of work for it!

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  • MaterialsGirl

    MaterialsGirl January 22, 2017, 1:18 pm

    I didn’t get a photo of it, but hands down best sign was a picture of Alf and it said “eat it don’t grab it’

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    Anon from LA January 22, 2017, 1:30 pm

    Wendy, thank you for using your voice and your platform to make a difference!

    I marched in LA yesterday and it was wonderful. The key, I believe, is to channel this momentum into political action: we need to keep calling our politicians and we need to support Democratic candidates in the midterms in 2018.

    I am encouraging everyone I know who’s opposed to Trump and his administrations to get involved in the 2018 election. One way you can do that is to look up your nearest swing district at https://swingleft.org/. Then think about how you can get involved by donating money, volunteering, using social media to promote the candidate, etc.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy January 22, 2017, 1:37 pm

      I’ve got this bookmarked to feature on the next Weekly Steps of Activism. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Portia

      Portia January 22, 2017, 9:25 pm

      I saw this on social media and think it’s a great idea! Especially because I’m one of the almost 700k residents of DC who does not have voting representation in Congress and I’ve felt a little lost on what to do beyond calling committees.

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      SpaceySteph January 23, 2017, 1:44 pm

      Hey, that’s pretty cool. Living in Houston, a blue city in a red red state, I kinda expected it would be futile to check. But I’m pleasantly surprised to find that a district near me is actually pretty purple. Sweet!

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    Anonymousse January 22, 2017, 1:57 pm

    I’m still high on yesterday’s uplifting momentum!

    We are the majority!

    ❤❤❤Thank you Wendy!

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    shakeourtree January 22, 2017, 2:11 pm

    I marched in Raleigh yesterday. Estimated that 17,000-20,000 showed up yesterday–way, way more than expected. I don’t really have any good pictures, but you can see the big crowd taking over our little city from this video

    https://twitter.com/wchare/status/822861143496622080

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    Kate January 22, 2017, 2:52 pm

    Kellyanne doesn’t see the point of the women’s march, and is complaining that no one called her to say, “hey, can we have a dialogue?” ?

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    Classic January 22, 2017, 5:55 pm

    I marched! I was laughing when I heard someone next to me saying “it’s more like a saunter” well, because it was so freaking crowded and I was mainly trying not to step on people’s heels. The crowd was huge and kind. I didn’t have a sign, but I helped with the shouting and waving 🙂
    I saw good serious and funny signs, including:
    Keep your huuuge hands off my rights
    LOCK HIM UP
    Women’s rights are human rights
    You are correct– Trump-think is not normal

    I hope that all of us can keep standing up against this really weird and unusual situation that has been inflicted upon our country.

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    Bittergaymark January 22, 2017, 8:32 pm

    Great pix, WENDY! Bravo to everyone who marched!! Too bad so many less people went to the marches though than the inauguration… 😉

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      Kate January 22, 2017, 8:38 pm

      You and your damn alternative facts.

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    RedRoverRedRover January 23, 2017, 1:29 am

    It’s 1:30am and I can’t sleep and now I have the “we did it” song from Dora the Explorer in my head. So thanks for that. 🙂

    But seriously, awesome job, congrats to everyone who went!

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    LisforLeslie January 23, 2017, 9:58 am

    I was amazed at how many people came out and how delightful everyone was. People were chatty and considerate. Less marching and more of a stroll en-mass.

    Will send my fave sign made by a lovely young woman named Chelsea.

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    snoopy128 January 23, 2017, 10:58 am

    I’m amazed at how much the stories of those who marched is uplifting my spirits. I am so proud to have many friends who marched, I’m just sad I wasn’t able to be at one and inspire my friends in he same way they are inspiring me.

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    Vathena January 23, 2017, 11:02 am

    I marched in DC with my husband and 3.5-year-old daughter. Ten neighbor moms also went; I was so depressed on Friday afternoon, but then several of them came over to make signs. We let the kids destroy the house while we stenciled “Nasty as F*ck” and “The Future is Female” onto some poster board. The rally started at 10am on Saturday, but my family didn’t leave until 11am, as we were trying to avoid mobbed trains with the little one. No such luck, as trains and Metro stations were absolutely packed! It was so crowded on the Mall that we never made it on to the designated parade route, marching instead on a parallel street. Then my kid had a meltdown on a packed train going home, ha! I slept better on Saturday night than I have in months. Our neighbor group is keeping the momentum going by sharing ways to get involved – various daily action alerts and a Facebook group dedicated to issues in our district, plus groups like swingleft.org. We’ve got to start at the grassroots level and target state houses as well as the US Congress. It’s going to be tough, but we are on the right side of history!

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      Vathena January 23, 2017, 11:09 am

      Oh and I’m super proud of my mom, who marched in Santa Fe, NM! She’s historically a moderate Republican, and not really into politics, but hates Trump with a passion. (Actual text to me on Saturday night: “OMG huge crowds all over the world! Got to keep this going. Can’t be a one time thing.”) She’d never been to any kind of political protest before. Neither had several of my neighbors who marched on Saturday. Watch out Trump, there’s nothing more dangerous than a bunch of women who are woke af!

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        Dear Wendy January 23, 2017, 12:06 pm

        That’s awesome! I am especially grateful to people who normally lean right/conservative/republican who are standing up against this administration that does not represent their values. I am grateful to the handful of republicans in congress who are standing up against Trump, and i hope more join them! And I am grateful to the more right-leaning press and journalists who are calling out Trump and his administration for the lies they’re telling. We need more people to be brave like this and we need to thank them when they are.

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        Vathena January 23, 2017, 1:34 pm

        The neighbor who rode Metro with us on Saturday is a Republican who voted for both McCain and Romney. My mom voted for Bush in 2000 (I think she didn’t vote at all in 2004). She has never liked either Clinton, but voted early for Hillary. Now she’s sending me texts like, “Alternative facts?!?!” and laughing at “Pussy Grabs Back” posters.

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    TheRascal January 23, 2017, 11:06 am

    I live in NYC but marched in DC this weekend with my husband and a group of girlfriends. The best sign from ALL the marches? This one: https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/people-cant-deal-with-how-this-cute-toddler-and-her-womens-m?utm_term=.evRV8B7XMZ#.diJ5dQXRq3

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    inkyboots January 23, 2017, 11:32 am

    I went to the one in Austin with my mom! They expected 5k and over 40k people showed up. At one point we had to climb over a wall and my mom said “Well this is symbolic.”

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      _s_ January 24, 2017, 1:06 pm

      Me too! After over an hour of waiting just to get off the capitol lawn and onto the street to start the march – well after the first marchers had already finished the march and come BACK to the capitol – I finally jumped a wall to get to the street faster!

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    Jane January 23, 2017, 1:41 pm

    Marched in Houston with 23K! Everything was so smooth and peaceful – everyone was thanking the police and they were very friendly to us. We had support and heard from several city council members, judges, the police chief, and the mayor. I was heartened to see so many men out there enthusiastically participating. I sometimes feel so isolated in my beliefs in Texas but this display showed how many people with my views are here!

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    Emily January 23, 2017, 3:02 pm

    SO fun to march with you!! What an awesome day! xoxoxox

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    Addie Pray January 23, 2017, 5:03 pm

    I couldn’t march, but I live in the thick of the Chicago march and wandered down to check out the crowd after I put my son down for his afternoon nap. (Don’t worry, someone was watching him while I did that.) By far the most peaceful, largest, most uplifting and unifying mass of marchers I have ever seen! I took so many pictures of all the awesome signs I saw. The police officers were high 5’ing marchers. (Ok, at least one was.) But seriously a peaceful and optimistic day. The day before – the inauguration – was a sad and gloomy day, weather-wise and the spirit in Chicago. But then Saturday came and so did the sun and warm temps and you could feel the energy. We need to keep this up!

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    Addie Pray January 23, 2017, 5:06 pm

    I loved so many of the signs I saw but I thought these were awesome:

    “When a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face you RESPECT HER!”
    and
    “Girls Just Wanna Have FUN-damental rights!”

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    Freckles January 24, 2017, 9:47 am

    I marched in DC and it was AMAZING. So many wonderful people from all over standing up against Trump and his horrible policies and platform. It was so inspiring and motivating; I cannot wait to stay involved and keep fighting.

    A lot of people have shared their favorite signs, but my favorite was actually one of the chants:

    “We need a leader! Not a creepy tweeter!”

    That one was shouted several times ;D

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