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The Women’s March on Washington (through the eyes of a 5th grader)

January 22nd, 2017

Photo credit: Aynsley

By Aynsley

The January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington D.C. was immediately recognized by The New York Times as the “largest inauguration-related demonstration in U.S history.”  I was there and it was! It was reported that I marched that day together with 1.8 million other people, including people of all colors, races and genders. It looked like not one woman or man (or other) wanted to be unequal to each other from that day forward.

Photo credit: Aynsley

As my mom and I exited from the body-to-body packed Metro train, into a jam packed rail station, and then getting lifted up a very long escalator to the street level of our Nation’s Capital, all I could see was a sea of people and signs – walking (some even on stilts), cheering, and singing, and all marching peacefully toward the Washington Monument. I was also surprised to not see many police officers in the crowd, which made it feel like we were being trusted and allowed to express ourselves to our government.

Photo credit: Aynsley

The experience of the march was very important and special to me and I am very fortunate to have had a chance participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event. This was a chance for me to have a bigger voice, and to express myself and my views in a way that is especially protected by our Constitution. It was interesting to see all these people of all ages standing up for what they want… an equal life with equal rights!

Having had this chance to say I want to be equal to my friends, foes and family is endlessly important to me. This event brought together thousands of people with big hearts and endless determination to gather together and send the message to our government that says, “I want equality for all people of any age or size,” and I did my part.

Aynsley is currently in 5th grade.

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