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Reflections from the Historic Women’s March By EngenderHealth Staff · January 21, 2017 Washington, DC · New York, NY · Augusta, ME

Women’s rights are human rights and must be honored and respected.

Photo credit: Aleefia Somji

“It felt like the marches happening in Washington, and all over the world, were honoring the generations of women who have fought for women’s rights. It was a powerful way of showing that we are not taking their sacrifice for granted and will honor their legacy.” —Katrin Forslund

“I felt empowered. I saw hope at the march—not only for my generation, but for young women standing up for their rights. Solidarity is a unique feeling, in providing the spirit to continue fighting because it reminds you that you are not alone. If one person sees the turnout and spirit of the march and thinks ‘maybe we should listen…’ I think we have achieved something.” —Ulla E. Müller

Opposite: The EngenderHealth team early in the morning, ready to join half a million marchers in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Hiba Akhtar

“The march was breathtaking, and every sign and slogan expressed a strong feeling. The diversity of women and men of all ages, even in wheelchairs, showed me how important it was to be there together.” —Carmela Cordero

Every march around the country was a reminder that the health and rights of girls and women must be upheld.

Photo credit: Michael Klitsch

Deliberate, and afraid of nothing: an apt reflection on the feeling in the air that day.

Photo credit: Aleefia Somji

“I grew up in a country where positive changes occurred when women stood up and protested. With basic rights under threat, I knew I needed to take part in the women’s march. “I was amazed by the resolve, the energy, and civility of this diverse crowd of young and old; of grandmothers in wheelchairs wheeled by their daughters or their granddaughters, toddlers in their strollers, or young girls on their fathers’ shoulders. I knew I was an individual but part of history. Even if today the outcome doesn’t seem very bright, I am still part of a winning movement.” —Wonder Acakpo

“I appreciated that so many people were there to express opinions but it was so peaceful—there was no conflict, no incident. People stood together, and that was so amazing to me.” —Esther Maldonado

Opposite: The EngenderHealth team advocated passionately for rights of girls and women around the world at the march in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Katrin Forslund

“My family couldn’t make it to the march in Washington, so we attended the parallel rally in our state capital: Augusta, Maine. It was one of the largest rallies ever held at the Maine capitol, with as many as 10,000 people gathering on that cold morning.” —Tor de Vries

Laughter, conversation, and a feeling of camaraderie among strangers at every Women’s March across the country.

Photo credit: Tor de Vries

The Maine march matched Washington, New York, and other cities across the United States in the spirit shown.

Photo credit: Tor de Vries

“No one should have to fear or question how or if they can get access to quality information/services about their health. Women’s rights are why I march.” —Aisha Akhter

In New York City, women’s health care was a major theme of the march.

Photo credit: Aisha Akhter

“I left the march feeling warm, embraced, and supported, and also more cognizant of the work still needed to ensure all women find empowerment across lines of race and class. It was an experience I’ll never forget.” —Hiba Akhtar

“It was thrilling to be part of such a huge group of people who wanted to express their commitment to women’s rights and human rights. The march moved slowly, but the atmosphere was so positive and fun that it seemed almost like a New York street fair (though lacking in funnel cakes).” —Michael Klitsch

The EngenderHealth team strides on with determination on the last leg of the march in the nation’s capitol.

Photo credit: Hiba Akhter

The streets of Washington were flooded by participants of every race and gender and from all corners of the United States.

Photo credit: Carmela Cordero

“I was so proud to be able to march with and for my baby girl, so that she can grow up in a world full of strong, fierce, and nasty women.” —Aastha Mehta

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Reflections from the Historic Women’s March  

EngenderHealth staff participated in the Women's March in Washington, DC, and other cities.

Reflections from the Historic Women’s March  

EngenderHealth staff participated in the Women's March in Washington, DC, and other cities.