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Women’s March 2018

by Laura Bowles | 9 months ago

We’ve been here.  We are here.  Now we are heard.

Women’s March’s took and will take place this weekend across the country with the “main” march being in Las Vegas, NV to encourage voter registration in preparation for the mid-term election.

Photo Credit: Jenny Chung Mejia

Women’s March’s of course stand for women’s rights but they also stand for so much more. Equality not only among gender, but also with race, religion, socioeconomic status and so much more.  They stand for change, for progress, for the betterment of humanity.

This March means something to everyone but not always the exact same thing.

Even the “littlest” of Marchers were there, with their signs, marching for the very thing they hope when are their parents age, protest like these won’t be necessary.

Over the past few weeks, my Fiance and I have been talking about the March to our daughter London, as well as explaining some of the reasons why this event is taking place (all on a level that she could understand of course).  For our family, it’s important to include London in some of the events that are happening in the world.  While we are fortunate to be able to live in Los Angeles, a city that is arguably one of the largest melting pots in the world, I know that is not the case for so many people.  So when events like this happen, knowing that this will have an impact on her as she gets older, I believe it is my job as her mom to make sure that she is not only prepared, but she knows that her voice is one of the most powerful tools she has to help enact change.  Today was a perfect life example of how “change” starts and continues.  Seeing everyone in one central location, peacefully making their voices known, and all of whom are supporting the same goal is far beyond anything I could have verbally expressed to my daughter.  Being there in person was exactly what was needed. Overall, it was an incredible day that I got to share with my daughter, one where I know she will remember for years to come.

My family and I  spoke to a few Marchers and what today’s event meant to them:

Jenny spoke to about not only what it meant to her, but her daughter as well.

“I marched with my daughter today because I want her to know that systemic discrimination exists and that we, as individuals and collectively, have a role to play in fighting for equity. As a budding young woman of color, I want her to love and fully value herself now and always. Being part of the March meant feeling deep gratitude for those who marched before us and recognizing our deep responsibility for making things better for those who come after us.”

Jenny and her daughter, Sophie at the Women’s March LA

 

Beatrice spoke to us about how it was the energy of the movement that drew her to come both this year and last year.  She told us about how all the events and news of inequality can send her into a despondent state but being around people who will stand up against this, brings hope and optimism for change.

Jenny H. writes:

I am one of a group of moms that helped create the new grassroots parent organization called Speak UP. We want parents to have a more powerful voice in education policy, and we help empower parents advocate for better, more equitable education in Los Angeles. Most of our members are moms, and we want moms to speak up and make their voices heard. We especially want to speak up and out against the policies of the current administration, which have endangered education funding and created a culture of bullying that negatively affects our children. The current administration has also created tremendous fear among the thousands of LAUSD parents who are undocumented immigrants. These are just a few of the many reasons I marched. — Jenny

Pictured: Jenny H. representing Speak UP an organization she helped found in support for Education Rights in Los Angeles

 

If you participated in a Women’s March this weekend, we’d love to hear why you marched?

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