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Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors (XL; plus option) | Tee: Women's March | Striped Shirt: Hinge (similar; plus option) | Leggings: LL Bean (L; standard and plus non-LL Bean option) | Boots: Merrell | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bandana: Gift (same) | Button: Etsy | Bag: Had forever (similar)
After so many posts about what to wear to the Women's March, figured I HAD to do an outfit post, no? Since the day was in the 50s, I wore my fleece leggings without thermals underneath, lightweight layers, and a waterproof coat with hood. I've had this bag for so long… I think I bought it at Target over a decade ago. It's microfiber with a pocket on the flap, two pockets inside plus small pockets for an ID and cards (I used to hold packets of gum). It's been with me across the globe and to a few music festivals. I wore a Maryland flag bandana to show my state pride. These new boots did me well – no blisters or hot spots and we walked over 6 miles. Karl shot these photos just before my sister picked me up and we caught a chartered bus in our town to Union Station.
We arrived with a group of almost 50 but my sister and I went off on our own. It felt right to spend this day with my sister who is also one of my best friends. We tried to get up close and ended up at 4th and Jefferson near the corner of the Native American Museum, but we couldn't hear or see anything and we were packed like sardines. We stayed for a while, the energy and attitude was amazing, but decided we needed some air.
We waded out to the Mall where it was far more open and felt more like a festival vibe. We decided to find a museum for a bathroom break; the Archives was surprisingly empty and we got in no problem. After that, we walked a while enjoying the vibe, the people, the posters. We walked up to an early part of the march route and picked it up when it came by. It was exhilarating to be with so many from all across the country and even globe, all peacefully uniting and showing the government we're not going to lie down.
Whether or not you attended a march, our work has just started. Take the energy from Saturday and use it as fuel to keep going. Saturday was just the beginning. Not sure where to start? The Women's March has a great guide to help you know how to make a difference. It's called 10 Actions / 100 Days and it's exactly that. At this link, they offer 10 activities you can do over the next 100 days to make positive change. I hope Saturday showed you the power of the individual. You may think your one voice, your one phone call, your one vote doesn't matter but Saturday all those one little voices joined across the globe to make a major statement. If all who attended Saturday do these 10 actions over the next 100 days, imagine the positive change we can make!
For those from out of town who attended the DC march, if you have a leftover Metro SmarTrip card, even if it's empty consider mailing it to Martha's Table, an awesome local nonprofit that helps women and children. SmarTrip cards cost $2, money some do not have. Your card could help a woman get to a job interview or take her child to the doctor. Attach a post-it note with the remaining balance (if you know it). Consider contacting those you traveled with and gather up their cards as well. Cards can be mailed to:
Attn: Trish/Martha's Outfitters
2114 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
If you have suggestions on how to make positive change and keep the momentum going, do share in the comments!