The Women’s March on Saturday, January 21st 2017 marked the largest single-day demonstration in the history of the United States. Originally planned for Washington D.C., over 600 marches took place around the world. Here in Minnesota, it was projected that 10,000 to 20,000 people would attend to march from St. Paul College to the MN State Capitol. To everyone’s amazement, 100,000 people showed up. The opportunity to photograph the largest political action in generations, only 30 minutes from my house, was something I could not pass up.
I found everyone to be friendly, full of energy and passion. When I was trying to get across the street through a thick crowd of people, I saw an opening and started to move my body, only to find that instead of one woman leaving a space, she was holding hands with the next woman behind her. I stopped quickly so that I wouldn’t get in the second woman’s way. She realized that I was trying to get into the path and without missing a step, put out her hand towards me. Without hesitation, I took her gloved hand, and the three of us made our way through the crowd to the median. I found my friends at the median, let go of her hand and thanked her. It was more than amusing to me that strangers would take each other’s hands in a shared vision of togetherness and simply crossing the street.