Girl Power

On Saturday, January 21, I joined 5 million other people worldwide for the Women’s March. In over 80 countries, on every continent, women and men marched peacefully in solidarity for women’s and LGBTQ right, health care, immigration, the environment and racial justice. Although I’ll try not to contribute overly to a political confirmation-bias echo chamber, it was an incredibly powerful movement to be a part of; Seattle alone had 175,000 attendees of all ages, nationalities and lifestyles. To march with the strong women in my life, my allies, my community and my parents gives me hope. The overwhelming feeling of love, acceptance and courage is exactly what I need right now.

Joining the crowd of families making their way to Judkins Park

Joining the crowd of families making their way to Judkins Park

Assembling at Judkins Park in the morning to listen to speeches

Assembling at Judkins Park in the morning to listen to speeches

Moving from Judkins Park down Jackson Street into the International District

Moving from Judkins Park down Jackson Street into the International District

 I was in the first hour of the march, because volunteers quickly ran out of stickers to measure attendance - and I got a sticker

I was in the first hour of the march, because volunteers quickly ran out of stickers to measure attendance – and I got a sticker

At Rainier Avenue, looking back at the people still coming down Jackson Street

At Rainier Avenue, looking back at the people still coming down Jackson Street

Turning onto Fourth Avenue and heading downtown

Turning onto Fourth Avenue and heading downtown

Fallopians, my favorite book of the Bible

Fallopians, my favorite book of the Bible

If you're against gay marriage, don't get gay married. Live and let live.

Be excellent to each other.

The Women's March ended at Fisher Plaza at the Seattle Center

The Women’s March ended at Fisher Plaza at the Seattle Center

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About lgaylord

Louisa believes in expanding horizons and learning - anything that broadens our minds beyond the here and now, allowing us to learn from the past and innovate for the future. She is particularly interested new and inventive methods of sustainability: city planning and green buildings, creating new objects from old trash, and ways that nature can provide examples for new materials and construction. She is also curious about new scientific breakthroughs, technology and discoveries, and how they will shape the future of consumerism and marketing. While science is important to advancing society, Louisa believes that music, art and culture are equally necessary, especially on a local community level. Louisa has published articles with many reputable sources, including Sustainable Business Oregon, Oregon Insider, Crosscut.com, and green engineering newsletter Sustainability Matters. She currently volunteers at KEXP 90.3 FM, a listener-powered nonprofit radio station. Louisa lives in Seattle, Washington.
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