On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of men and women from all over the world came together in an amazing display of feminism, strength and solidarity. Everyone had different reasons for attending the event. Some marched in protest, some in celebration, some for their daughters, and many for themselves. I was lucky enough to attend the Women’s March in Kansas City. Here are 4 reasons this experience was a good one:
1. Sense of Community
I had some initial hesitation when deciding whether or not to attend the march. The fact that it took place just one day after a very controversial presidential inauguration made me feel unsure of what it would entail. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I did not feel uncomfortable through the whole experience, but instead was overwhelmed by a sense of community. I was surrounded by thousands of individuals who all chose to be present for different reasons. One thing everyone in attendance had in common was their strong beliefs and their desire to express them. I stood next to individuals who held signs that were very different from my own, and even so, we sang, danced, and celebrated together. The sense of love and community I felt was unlike anything I had ever experienced.
2. Witnessing History
Thanks to the massive media coverage, the sheer size of the event, and the celebrity involvement, the Women’s March of 2017 is sure to be remembered as a significant day in our modern history. Knowing that I was present at such a significant event is an incredible feeling. This is the same reason I chose to attend the rallies held by presidential candidates: to witness history unfold before my eyes.
3. The Positivity
An event such as the Women’s March could have easily become a very negative, aggressive experience in light of the controversy that surrounded this year’s presidential election. Instead, I was met with singing, dancing, hugging, and an overall sense of love and positivity. I was embraced by strangers and was overwhelmed by the happiness and overall optimism of the day.
4. Freedom of Expression
The most powerful part of the event was the amazing speakers who delivered powerful stories and impactful messages. I was brought to tears by the brave men and women who shared their stories with millions and used the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and encourage their listeners. I was moved by the honesty of the speakers and their willingness to use their personal experiences to call for change and inspire others to help them create it.
Whether you not you agree with many of the beliefs and ideals associated with the march, the resounding message of inclusivity, love, and positivity are things that were truly life changing to experience firsthand and deserve to be embraced by all.