Dispatch from the Women’s March on NYC

Today was a day of marching and protest across the United States – people in other cities around the world marched in solidarity with us. One of the largest marches was here in New York City, and I was privileged to participate in the march. I don’t normally talk about things like this on the blog, but I think it very much fits with the blog’s overall theme. Today yet again I discovered another aspect of my city’s character, and it made me proud to say that I am a New Yorker.

Today’s march was certainly in opposition to the new President, but it was more. It was a statement by women (and the men who marched with them in support) that they demand to be heard. They demand that their rights be protected and their interests be prioritized by the government. The march was a call to action, and I’m hopeful we’ll see people engage in the future with the issues they marched for today.

I took a lot of photos of the march today, and I think that they give a good glimpse of the diversity of people and issues associated with the march.



















I’ve heard estimates that 250,000 people or more marched in the New York City parade alone, although I haven’t been able to verify that number yet. I do know that the march was peaceful, coordinated with city leaders and the New York Police Department, and lasted all day long.

28 thoughts on “Dispatch from the Women’s March on NYC

  1. It’s because people will not protest that politicians think they can walk all over you and that they know best. The problem is that, as an English outsider, I didn’t think either of your candidates had the character to start digging America out of its deep, deep hole, full of guns and hatred of all kinds. And what a bizarre voting system! Why not just vote and then count the votes and whoever has the most votes has won?

    1. I know the one here was absolutely safe – no violence at all. We were talking and joking with the police officers assigned to the route, and they were very much in support of the march. I haven’t heard of any significant problems anywhere.

  2. Thanks for these photos. Really gives a good feel for what it was like yesterday. My favorite sign was the last one. Surely if someone was collecting money to build a wall around Teump they would produce the largest, most successful crowdfunding project ever.

  3. A great record of a heartfelt protest. I’ve been absent from politics for most of my stay here. This was a reminder that all is not well, and that people care. I sent it to an Australian friend who also thought it was a wonderful post. Thank you.

  4. It was my husbands first march and he enjoyed it. Really hope it stays an movement and doesn’t fade out. We were suppose to march at 12:30 but never got to the marching start point. We were part of the masses that swelled into the side streets and walked over. It was great taking over the streets and our voices could be heard, “This is What Democracy Looks Like!” We are lucky we can protest like this, can’t do it in some other countries. We’re shocked at how so many of our friends aren’t doing anything except living normally. Makes me sad they aren’t actively fighting for their future or the kids they want.

    1. I agree. It was empowering to be part of a large, passionate group of people who want to fight for change. It’s going to be important that we stay organized and committed to working on things after the excitement of marching is over.

  5. A brilliant post and the photographs, as you say, shoe the strength of feeling from people of great diversity. Naturally I support the march and demonstrators. I believe there was a small march in Bristol. Active protest and opposition. I love it.

  6. Reblogged this on Jane Explains and commented:
    Hello everyone. I’m reblogging this post from my other favorite NYC blog: Finding NYC. No, I didn’t go to this march. That’s because I am on a cruise. Yes, you heard that right. You’ll get the highlights next week, but for now, please allow me to take the easy way out and read about what my fellow New Yorkers are up to.

  7. Beautiful and hopeful stuff! Thank you for sharing!!
    And I really hope a lot of these wonderful people keep coming out to demonstrate! (For one very significant thing, the police don’t respond the same to a crowd when there are so many white faces in it.)

  8. Yes great to see people coming together in solidarity to peacefully protest against the bigotry, hatred and fear that seems to be pervading our planet. I have signed the open letter as a small way to contribute from here in Perth Australia. Always remember the quote from studying history “bad things happen when good people do nothing” – never more apt or true at this present time! Not sure where the quote comes from though have never forgotten it. Take care 😃

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