By 1:15 pm, women, men and children of every race, color, creed, origin and sexual preference filled West 72nd Street and marched toward Central Park West. As the crowds filled the entrance, police directed marchers uptown to the next entrance at 77th Street. It too was closed off, as was 79th and 81st Street. Still, people kept coming. More than 200,000 people participated in the 2018 Women’s March in New York on Saturday, January 20.
I made it to 81st Street, joining hundreds marching on the sidelines. Those who’d been standing for two or more hours found respite on the steps of the Museum of Natural History. Walking became a two-way snail’s pace farther down, as marchers peeled off or tried to join up. As we inched our way to Columbus Circle, I too peeled off. It was a beautiful day in every respect.
The purpose of the Women’s March on Washington, begun on January 21, 2017, is to bring together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds to affirm solidarity and to pronounce the bold message of living full and healthy lives, free from all forms of personal violence. For more information, visit womensmarch.com, @womensmarchonwash, #powertothepolls.com.