I’m a 58-year-old straight white woman with bad feet. Why am I going to the Women’s March in Washington DC on January 21st?
I’m marching because I want to be part of the conversation. Politicians are always talking. The news cycles are filled with people shouting past each other as they try to force their reality on one another.
There’s a lot of voices out there.
I want to add my voice. My voice will be one of hope, inclusion, and welcome.
I’m marching so I can share what I have learned over 58 years of being a woman, and a pastor, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and an American.
I’m marching my faith.
I want to be involved in what is going on in our country.
I want my voice to be heard. I want to show up, speak up, and share what I believe in.
I want to stand shoulder to shoulder with vast numbers of diverse people across the country and reflect on what it means to love all of my neighbors.
I want to join young and old women of every age, color and ability to declare that every woman deserves to be treated with respect.
I want to march with gay, straight, and trans women and say what is true – each one of us is created in God’s image.
I am not a political activist. I have never done anything like this before.
But I am expending a great deal of time, effort, and resources to ensure that my voice joins thousands of others. Together we will encourage each other to stand up for dignity, equality, and an eager openness to learn about one another.
I am marching a message of love.
I am marching a message of hope.
I am marching a promise never to give up.
I am marching so all people can be included in our nation’s history.
That’s why I’m marching.
I’ll let you know what I experience.