Following the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, millions of people around the world gathered together for the Women’s March on January 21st. The original march took place in Washington D.C., but 673 sister marches were organized in other cities in all seven continents. The purpose of the march was to demonstrate the need for equality among every human, regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, class, or disability. At a time where our country has become so divided, this act of solidarity will go down in history as the largest inaugural protest.
When news of the march in Los Angeles first spread, my mom and I decided that we would attend it. The night before, we prepared by making signs and packing little bags with snacks and water. We left Santa Barbara at 5:30 the next morning to meet up with my mom’s friends in L.A. We arrived at Pershing Square by 8:30 where thousands of people had already began gathering together. The sea of people in pink were very welcoming and seemed proud to be there. Since there were so many people crowded in one place, the cell service was unusable and it became nearly impossible for anyone to call, text, or use the Internet. My mom and I eventually split from our group and were stuck in one place for almost an hour in the human gridlock. We finally weaved our way through the crowd and turned a corner close to where the Los Angeles City Hall is, the site that would host guest speakers. We never made it close enough to hear anyone, since there were so many people. After a few hours, we left to get lunch. At the restaurant, a lot of people had just come from the same place we had. Also, the TV inside was playing footage from Women’s Marches around the world, and it was incredible to see all of these people peacefully coming together to defend their rights.
This experience has made understand and appreciate the differences in people all around me. No matter what views one might have, now is a good time to be open-minded and hear what others have to say. Seeing this demonstration on the news and all over social media made me proud to be a part of it because it’s an important time in history that is going to be talked about and referenced to for a long time, and I can actually say that I was able to experience this part of history.