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Conversations from the Women’s March

January 26, 2017
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The most stylish accessories at the Women’s March in Washington DC were enthusiasm, hopefulness, a sense of camaraderie, solidarity, and of course pink pussy hats!
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My friends and I didn’t have pussy hats of our own but as we hustled through the metro, we met our first amazing nasty woman. She had sewn a bag of pussy hats for other nasty women she met along the way and gave us each one! That’s her in the middle with her colorful version. Thank you so much again! I wanted to talk to every woman there and ask them why they were there and a million other questions, but the crowds were moving fast, and my friends did not appreciate my chatty Mandyness in all the bustle. I took lots of selfies (and as many stylish hat photos as I could) with women on the march and some chatted with me about why they came.
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My friend Chimi said this about the experience:
It was an amazing, unforgettable day! I was totally blown away by the turn out and the energy of the crowd.
Any thoughts on the black woman/white woman/unity of women feeling?
The diversity of the crowd from an international point of view is what resonates with me. That all over the world there were marches going on. My vision for the world my children will live in as adults will be all inclusive, a world where they can live and thrive anywhere they choose, and a world where they will know that no matter where they are geographically, socially, or economically, they KNOW that they belong there.

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I met Wendy at one of our coffee shop stops along the way. I was in the coffee line and she was in the bathroom line. We HAD to chat!
What brought you out to the march?
Because I’m pissed off that they think they can get away with everything. They have no integrity.

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I also met Peggy at the same cafe in the coffee line. She came all the way from Boston to march in Washington DC.
Why did you come all the way from Boston?
I was a nurse and I worked with poor women, women of all backgrounds, women who’ve been raped, and I just feel that taking away all our (healthcare) rights is unfair and horrible. I think it’s important to be here. I really hope they listen to us.

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Jordyn was standing happily with her sign and her enthusiasm on full display (although the march had made her very hungry:).
Why did you bring her out? (I asked her godmother)
We saw ‘Hidden Figures’ and her favorite subject is math, and I think it’s time for her to see where she can go in her life, and how she has to stand up and make it happen. I think this is the perfect place for her to see all women of different races coming together for something, and I want her to practice that in her life.

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You ladies look great! Why did you come to the march?
It’s an important and urgent situation. Diversity is not being recognized, and quite frankly I don’t know which America he’s talking about! It’s important to be inclusive. – Silvia and Collette

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Why was it important for you ladies to be here?
I’m an immigrant and I feel like I’ve spent my whole life helping to build this country, and now he’s trying to tear everything down. – Lauren.

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Why are you ladies here?
We’re from ‘Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship’ and we promote intelligence and support for women.

HAT STYLE
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This fella accessorized with his drum!
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I met fellow Canadians who came for the day to march.
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My curls did not allow my pussy hat to stay on very long. It kept springing off my head!
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My party of ladies were serious about leaving me if I kept up with my chatting!
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