marchondc (marchondc) wrote,

The March for Women's Lives is over, but we've only just begun…

Like everyone working on the March, my day started much too early on Sunday, April 25. By the time we got down to the Mall, everyone was tired. But as I stood there watching thousands of people walk down 14th street with signs and t-shirts and buttons, my energy was renewed. Most of the rest of the day was a blur of happy faces and passionate speeches.

One moment sticks out in my mind though. I was walking from one end of the Mall to the other, when a woman stopped me to ask where a specific tent was. I pointed her in the right direction, and we chatted for a minute. She told me that the thing that struck her most about the day was the makeup of the crowd. I agreed. There were people of every race, gender, and age. That wasn't surprising, but it was comforting. It's easy to feel isolated when you're fighting for something you believe in. But Sunday showed me - and hopefully everyone else - that we're not alone. If one in ten pro-choice Americans were at the March, that's over 10 million Americans who believe like I do in a woman's fundamental right to choice and privacy. As I stood talking to this woman that I'm sure I'll never see again, it hit me that we're all in this together. To coin a phrase, "the people united will never be defeated."

Please share your stories and experiences from the March. I hope it touched everyone's lives as much as it did mine. If you weren't able to make it to the March, click here to see our photo album. To add your story, click on the comment link below.

Jen Moseley
NARAL Pro-Choice America
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