What I saw at the Women’s March


The Women’s March on Washington was the yuge-est, most bigly protest I’ve ever seen.

The atmosphere at the march reminded me of the blackout in NYC, 2003 – lots of people crowded in the streets after some inexplicable disaster, trying to figure out what to do next. Since the government and the politicians had proven to be useless,  we collectively decided to take care of ourselves.


Hopefully, Americans can keep this collective-yet-independent spirit going.


Other observations:

  • There were very few signs for Hillary or Bernie.
  • Participants were definitely opposed to Trump, but they also seemed to be disappointed by politicians in general. The most popular chant was “This is how democracy works.”(as in, rule by the people, not politicians)


It was a very polite crowd. People were respectful to the cops. I didn’t hear one mention of ‘safe spaces’


  • One enterprising capitalist was selling leftover Trump flags, saying “you can burn them.”



  • I didn’t hear any of the speakers, but saw their videos later on.  I liked Scarlett Johansson’s speech best, Ashley Judd’s rant was whacked – wish I’d heard Alicia Keys’ music.


  • The Washington DC and Baltimore area tried to prepare for the crowd, but there were many, many more people than they expected. Trains were packed, and they had to add more trains to the usual Saturday route.


My predictions:

1. A Left-leaning group will form, something equivalent to the Tea Party in that it represents one party’s beliefs without supporting that party’s old guard political power.

2. The opposing side will cherry-pick the worst examples of this movement to try to portray them as extremists, but the movement will still gain strength.


Unfortunately, the Tea Party led to Trump. It would be good for the Left to to figure out why that happened, and to avoid creating yet another demagogue-wannabe. Right now, we already have more of those than we can handle.


About marypmadigan

Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).
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