Women’s March- Westfield NJ

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I had heard so much about the women’s march this past week and I thought it was amazing. I wanted to go, and when my friend told me about a sister march just one town over from me, I knew I had to. This event happened yesterday, and there were probably about 1000 people at the one I went to, which is a lot for a small town. 

If you don’t know what the women’s march is, it is a peaceful protest that originated in Washington, D.C. that spread not only to other states, but even to other parts of the world. I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now though, as it was a big movement broadcasted all over the news. It supports equality, and the rights of all people. It was an amazing experience and it really showed that there is still faith in this country. It showed me that people care, and are willing to stand up for others, and for themselves. It was truly inspirational. 

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Everyone was so kind. People were making friends with everyone around them, no matter their race, gender, or sexuality. There was so much love. I felt overwhelmed with it. I felt so proud to be there, to be standing up for what I believe in. I even saw a principal from one of the schools on my campus there, as well as some people from my school. That was extremely cool (for lack of a better word). 

It was also inspiring to see so many young kids there. There are so many people raising their kids to love everyone. It’s important to let kids know that they can be anything they want to be, even president. The future really is about the kids. Our generation will be the one to change the world. We will change mindsets, and pop the bubbles some people are living in. There was one boy, who at only 12 years old, was so educated. He gave an incredible speech in front of everyone, and it was so moving. 

We even got so much support from others passing by. Women and men honked their horns, cheered, clapped, and thanked us. Now it is my turn to thank everyone. Thank you to the women who organized the event in my area. I never felt so empowered. Thank you to all the women who marched, all over the world. Thank you to the men who marched with us. Thank you to those who spoke up. Thank you to anyone who believes in this cause, and who believes in equality. Together, a change will be made. 

It is so important to stand up for what you believe in and become educated on the topics you feel strongly about. Instead of arguing/fighting with someone, ask them why they don’t agree.  Listen to the other side of the argument so you can know how to respond. The reason people oppose these causes is because they are ignorant. Hit them with your facts and you will leave them speechless. 

I asked a few people why they attended the march and what it means to them! Here are the responses:

“The women’s march means a great deal to me. As a muslim woman of color, it is so important that minorities including women are standing up for the rights and representation we all deserve. I’m so hopeful that at a time of division, we are standing together and only getting closer to rising against hate.” – Marine E

“I attended the march because women’s rights aren’t something everyone believes should exist. There are some misogynists who believe that men are superior to women on all accounts and I don’t think that’s true. I know that’s not true. Women’s rights have been a constant battle for hundreds of years and I want to be the generation that creates gender equality. I don’t want my daughter and granddaughters to have to march like I did for their rights. I want to secure them equal rights, equal pay, equal education, and equal opportunities.” – Alicia H

“I think it’s so important to be present and in tune with the world around us right now because this is history. We need to actively speak out against what we do not support because no one is going to do it for us. The Women’s March was a form of solidarity- it was peaceful and empowering- and I’m so glad to be a part of it.” – Cara G

“I am a 17 year old girl from Northern New Jersey, and on January 21st, 2017, I attended and protested in the Women’s March on NYC. I march to support Planned Parenthood, gender and racial equality and rights for the LGBT community, to name but a few. I was moved to be one of the thousands of people all gathered for a common cause. I had never been surrounded by so many like-minded people before in my life, and it felt surreal. There was a little boy on his father’s shoulders, shouting “Show me what democracy looks like!”-and pronouncing democracy like “demosissy”. The crowd repeated back to him “This is what democracy looks like!” Everyone loved that the little boy didn’t even have to pronounce the word correctly to capture its meaning and garner a loud response. There was a woman dressed as Princess Leia, waving a sign that proclaimed that a woman’s place was in the Rebel Alliance. There were even people flying flags outside their apartment windows, reminding me of a scene from Les Miserables.” – Katie M 

“Today was one of the greatest days. I was brought together with thousands of young girls and women in my city and we were all there for the same reason: equality. Something that can put everyone’s differences aside and for us to come together to march is amazing. We shut down a highway and I have never felt anything more exhilarating. I am so thankful I got to be a part of it.” – Anna B

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