Over the weekend, more than 200,000 people attended the Women's March on New York. Among them were mamas who joined the call for more female candidates on ballots, an end to the normalization of sexual harassment, and comprehensive healthcare access for women and girls. We caught up with some #MINDRMAMAs who marched in presence and in spirit to find out what the experience meant to them.
"What an incredible human moment it was. With my husband at my side, and my baby in tow, I marched for equality. I marched for the right to have freedom over our bodies and a seat at the table. We've come a long way ladies, but the work is not done. Stand up, speak out. Our voices together will be heard."
"I missed it because baby A had a cold, and I'd learned the hard way what happens when you try to force babies with colds to do your bidding... It fills me with awe: to see a force emerging that is separate from the feminism I came of age with; with new leaders, new nodes of influence, new objectives. I would call it a new generation, except that so many of the leaders are my age or older - just different leaders to the ones I’d grown accustomed to seeing out front. It’s awesome in the true sense of the word."
"In 2017 I marched pregnant and in 2018 I marched with my 9mo daughter, and I hope to continue to march with her and for her, so she can witness the power of people taking to the streets, fighting for a future where love and equality reign supreme."
"We’re not walking at the march, we’re not holding up signs and we’re not yelling chants, but we are NOT silent. And we never will be."
"I march because I want to help create a better future for our daughters."
"Marching with Tegan in year two was different but no less amazing. She's an old pro now. We're in a new city (Chicago) and I feel about 100 years older than the first time around. I remember last year my goal and hope was only to fight, but this year I was heartened to see how the march was focused on strategy around the mid-term and 2020 elections. I feel reenergized and heartened by that focus."
"My friend and I took our four-year-old daughters to last year's Women's March in New York. We weren't able to attend this year's march due to a school conflict, but I was amazed and impressed to see the millions of women (and men!) who gathered across the country. Even though we couldn't physically attend, I talked with my daughter about the marches and the importance of our ability to express dissent in our democracy."
"I didn't march this weekend but I'm amazed by the energy of every woman & girl who did. I'm wearing my 'be heard' pin (made by @alstampa) to prompt conversation and say, I'm in. I'm in mostly, to move us to a world where every human is respected and treated as such."
"I marched for 1000 reasons, not the least of which is to show my sons that when you use your voice to fight for what's fair, you'll often find you're joined by a chorus of people doing the same. But you have to be brave yourself to inspire bravery."
What comes next? You can join #MINDRMAMA Adrianne Wright and her organization I Will Not Be Quiet for their anniversary event celebrating women's advocacy on February 17th. Call the people who represent your voice and tell them about the things that matter to you - find your representatives here and your senators here. And, of course, make sure you're registered to vote.