women’s march in washington D.C.

Libby

Yesterday more than 4.1 million participants worldwide were united by the Women’s March initiative. On Friday, the New York Times released an article that shared a collection of unique inclinations and reasons for why women, men and children chose to take to the streets.

While many were united by the marches that took place all over the globe, I find it inspiring to acknowledge the different perspectives, stories and experiences of those who zealously paraded among the crowds. Melissa graciously published her photo diary of her experience at the Women’s March in Eugene yesterday, and today we’re featuring another photo diary that shares a glimpse at the Women’s March on Washington.

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Jimena Esparza is one of the most inspiring activists that I know. She is a persistent and passionate visionary and her ambitious and courageous spirit is radiant in all that she does. Jimena attended the women’s march on Washington yesterday and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Read on.

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The hallways of the metro are packed beyond capacity, filled with marchers who had just filled the streets with their bodies and voices. The metro employee, using a megaphone to reach the masses of people pushing through, tries to calmly tell us that there will be long delays. He finishes his announcement, his face telling me that he is anticipating that people will be upset and impatient with him. Instead, the crowd cheered. They thanked him. A woman in the back yelled “you have a beautiful smile, sir!”

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The positive energy was like no other.

Earlier in the streets of Washington, I had stopped for a second and looked around me. I looked at the hundreds of women carrying their own unique signs in their hands and their own unique stories in their hearts. I could feel their stories, they’ve been shaking to get out and today they were unleashed to the world- ready to not just be heard, but respected. Each story wildly different yet just as important. Together, these stories made a history book. A book filled with different colors, genders, voices and backgrounds. Today, we shouted our stories not just for ourselves, but for each other. To hold each other up.

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Today, we didn’t just witness history- we made it.

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.” -William Faulkner

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