The banner “Marching For Everything We Hold Dear” was held at one corner by Lynn Mc Mahill from Washington Heights who said, “I don’t know all the people holding the banner with me.
People just joined in to help and really, that’s what this is all about, people joining together.” Nina Kulkarni, with the League of Women Voters, was marching nearby with a speaker announcing that she could register voters on the spot.
And every friend that I know has a story like mine.” The spoken words touched the generations, from three-year-old Adelaide Carter from Brooklyn, participating in her second Women’s March, this time walking with no need of her stroller, to 89-year-old Upper West Sider Mary Vanschaick, in a Women’s March for the first time with the help of her wheelchair.
With Yoko Ono looking on, the singer MILCK performed “Quiet,” a song with the refrain, “Let it out, Let it out now.” Barricades removed, women, men, and children, united, surged forward through the streets.
Mothers marching with daughters, aunts with nieces, sisters marching with sisters and brothers, wives with husbands, LGBTQ partners and friends, the March had a feeling of family.
“When I announced my candidacy many people wrote me off because I’m just an ordinary woman,” Bennett recalled.“Our goal is to register one million women to vote by the November election,” Steinhardt explained, “We feel very strongly that women should know how to exercise their rights and the most basic example of that is voting.” On that initiative WMA is working with voter registration groups such as voter.org, Rock The Vote, and Voto Latino.While the marchers would hear that call to vote from speakers who rallied the assembled thousands on this good-for-marching 50-degree Saturday, they would mostly be moved by the stories of those who were not household names.Succinctly put by Bennett: “It’s about time, time for women to stand together, not just once a year but every day.” Sulma Arzu-Brown introduced herself as a Garifuna woman from Honduras, but she wears multiple hats as director of operations for the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, co-owner of Boogie Down Grind Café in the Bronx, and author of the children’s book, “Bad Hair Does Not Exist.” On the stage with her mother and two young daughters, Arzu-Brown spoke emotionally of the sacrifice her mother made by leaving her and her brother behind in Honduras to come to the USA.In her native country, her mother was told she would not be promoted in her job because she was Black, Latina, Garifuna, and a woman. Often, women on stage spoke of helping younger women, mentoring them, supporting them whenever possible.Note: Once you've selected your city, state and country of residence, we'll make sure you return to the appropriate regional information on our site in the future by generating a cookie.