I am marching because I have been watching the world become a better place – slowly and in fits and starts, but going forward – my whole life. Even the administrations that I did not support seemed to be trying to improve the way people were treated, all in all. For the first time, I see people running the country who are actively trying to roll back the rights and respect that have been so hard-won. I am nearly 59 years old. In that time we have had the struggle for civil rights for people of color, for women, for the LGBT* community, for immigrants, and for people with disabilities. I was and am frightened by what is happening in America, and I am determined to do whatever I can to push our country forward, countering these attempts to move our society backwards. We must keep fighting for respect, rights, and dignity for all of us.
I am a middle-aged, middle-class woman with a partner and two teenagers, one of whom is marching in New York City. Despite the years since graduation, my women’s college is very, very important to me and has provided me with a network of amazing women of all ages. When I am not in the red queen’s race, running as fast as I can to stay in the same place, I read and do craft work. I sometimes think I need to read the way I need to breathe.