WOMEN MARCHING ONWARD

A COMMUNITY GALLERY OF THOUGHTS, IMAGES & ACTIONS

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A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

On Saturday, January 21, the world gathered to make history.  Stronger than any election, more powerful than any politician, we came together in uproar, in love and in solidarity for women and human rights around the world.  Over five million people in all seven continents marched in nearly 700 cities.  Epic. The energy and support and spirit of kindness around the globe was palpable. So many women, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, fellow humans showed up to show their support, including YOU.  Here we celebrate some of the social media posts and moments that you've shared with your communities, all the way from Honolulu to D.C. to Amsterdam to here in Portland, OR among many other cities.  

MARCHING ONWARD

So what now? After being a part of this movement, we are humbled, inspired and fired up as hell and we are ready to do the work. We want to hear from YOU on how you plan to move forward.  We call on you to tell us how you see our roles as women, as creatives, and as mothers (in the US and beyond) as we march onward.  How can we, individually and collectively, impact positive change?  What is your perspective on Feminism and how are you approaching this subject with your children and the next generation of Feminists?  What topics do you feel need to get addressed?  

ADD YOUR VOICE

Please continue to share your input at pompomsocial@gmail.com and we will update this gallery regularly so that we can start a community discussion and reaction to what's next.  

This is only the beginning. 

 

A GALLERY of WOMEN'S MARCH MOMENTS (VIA INSTAGRAM) AROUND THE WORLD CAPTURED BY THE POM POM SOCIAL COMMUNITY


'WE THE PEOPLE'

BY NIKKI FENIX

portland, or

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist

This,  I knew to be true yesterday. We the People were united, connected,  I think we all needed to be reminded that we ARE a powerful force when united and holding each other up.  After weeks of feeling sad, afraid and uncertain of the future for our children and the planet it was so good to see the light and to be reminded that we are an invincible energy when united. We can affect change. I was so proud to take my daughters to the march and to stand next to my friends, sisters, beautiful inspiring loving women and men showing our children the path of peaceful protest - using our voices and standing up for what is right, important and descent.  As the inspirational feminists Gloria Steinman said,


 "Our constitution does not begin with I, the President. It begins with, We, the People."

 


 

mom, what's pussy power?

by karen riley-grant

THe bay area, ca

 

Mom, what’s “Pussy Power’?” my 6-year old asked me as were on the train headed into SF for the Women’s March.  I realized I it was one of the many buttons I chose to wear that afternoon (because we all know expressing yourself is best done through obnoxious flair), but hadn’t anticipated that question.

Explaining how & why Trump became president was impossible enough. I did a pretty solid job of explaining the meaning behind the Women’s March and why it was important for her to join me, her older sister and her bad hombre of a dad in the March. It was about standing up for women everywhere and protecting our rights. I told stories of her Gram fighting for Women’s rights many years ago and how we needed to make her proud. I explained the difference between a protest and a rally and how this would be a peaceful event and that she shouldn’t be afraid. Yes, it was kind of like a parade, but no one will be throwing candy. I went on to let her know her 6-year old voice was important and that she was strong and brave. And the world was hers. I’d get a shaky voice, collect myself and go on.

My 10-year old daughter – perhaps more charged than myself – wanted to go to stand up for Mother Earth - “She can’t talk," she told me. And she wanted to go because she thought Trump would take her voice away and she was afraid of what would happen if she didn’t speak out. She chose buttons like “My president doesn’t read books,' “Liar” and another with the total count of Hilz votes. “It’s super stupid she didn’t win," she told me as she pinned it on her hat.  

We rode up to the city and commented of people’s posters. We made conversation with the other passionate march-goers.  I held my girls hands and stroked their cheeks.  I finally decided to answer the question about the meaning of “Pussy Power.” No it’s not a really strong kitty cat. No, It’s not about Puss and Boots.   I began to explain it was another word for “vagina” and sometimes people used it to make a stronger statement. In this case, it stood for the Power of Women. I couldn’t bring myself to tell her that it was a response to a statement her new POTUS made about grabbing women by their genitals. That made me sick to my stomach. So, I decided to keep it simple. And it worked. My youngest said it loud and proud, got a few chuckles from a fellow rider across the aisle and smiled, chin up.  We all kept our chins up as we debarked the train, posters in hand and hearts full of hope.


REPORTING FROM CAPE TOWN, SA (VIA GUARDIANWITNESS)

VIDEO + WORDS BY NICOLA CORL

ON THE ROAD (BASED IN PORTLAND, OR)

via guardianwitness

I'm from Portland, Oregon and I'm in South Africa working. It feels so good to see women and men from everywhere demanding equality and refusing to give into fearmongering. The election of Trump made me feel very alone in the world, I needed to feel the love and respect for all women here today. I'm proud to have been part of it. I have children and I cannot let them see me be silent in the face of injustice. Even though it's not my city and I didn't know a single soul here, I know I'm not alone.


 

COMMIT TO SHOWING UP

Image/Thoughts shared by Lydia Lauer

Portland, OR


LET LOVE RULE 

WORDS AND PORTRAIT BY AUGUSTA BELLE (VIA INSTAGRAM)

NEW YORK, NY

Anyone else feeling like they're in a creative funk lately? With the emotional heaviness of the past few weeks and the amount of attention we give away to our nonstop feeds of news and chitchat and social media, it's suddenly become frighteningly easy to disconnect from that sense of wonder and freedom that fuels our creative work. I LOVED meeting up in the flesh with everyone this past weekend, reveled in the unified strength and comradery, but also realized the stark contrast between that kind of positive real world action and the overwhelm and negativity of the purely digital atmosphere. As we continue to act outwardly, I just want to remind everyone of the importance of also focusing inward. 


Check in on yourself, often. Reconnect with your vision regularly, and pay attention to the people and energies around you that support you and your fierceness. Make a point of regularly taking the time to daydream, just you and your thoughts, even when it feels like there are a million other things on that glowing little phone that need your attention. Those things can wait. Your dreams cannot.

Let's love ourselves madly, and let that love rule our every intention.


# I MARCH WITH LINDA

WORDS AND ARTWORK BY CARIS REID (VIA INSTAGRAM)

JOSHUA TREE, CA

Linda Sarsour, one of the co-chairs of the Women's March on Washington, who helped bring millions of women together on Saturday, is currently being threatened and harassed. Linda, we support you and stand beside you. Deep gratitude to you and the other women who organized the march. This morning I woke up feeling overwhelmed by this and many other recent events and decided to make this drawing as a sign of my support.

 


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