|My mother, sisters, and I by the Hirshhorn Modern Art Museum.|
It's just about impossible to estimate the size of a crowd so large, but it was well over 500,000 people. I saw the figure 680,000 given, which seems closer to me. I really do think it was verging on 1 million. It sure felt that way.
|Shepard Fairey art on a poster.|
First we went to the rally and got close enough to the stage to at least have a good view of the screen. (We were standing by the Hirshhorn Modern Art Museum.) After a quick bite for lunch, it was time to join the march down Independence Avenue to the White House. By this point, the crowd was even bigger. It was wall-to-wall people. We were packed like sardines in the street! I was trying to get down to Independence Avenue, but there were blocks keeping us away. We couldn't figure out what was going on. After the fact, we learned that there were too many of us, essentially. The march was far bigger than they had anticipated, so it was effectively stopped. Many people did make their way to the White House, but we didn't get to do it all together as planned.
|We spent a lot of time at this spot, unable to move!|
|This sign just made us laugh.|
It was an incredible experience, any way you look at it. One of my colleagues has said that there is nowhere on earth she would rather have been that day, and I feel the same way.
So now what? How do we harness this incredible thing that has happened -- not just the 680,000 (or more) people marching in Washington, D.C., but the incredible millions of Women's Marchers all over the country and world? How do we turn the march into a movement?
Luckily, the Women's March organizers have thought of this, and are going to try to help and move that along too. You can see their "10 Actions in 100 Days Page".
|Finally we did make it to the White House, but not all together.|
We are in this together.
And we have each other's backs.