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Date & time Aug 30 '17
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Meet the women of the Women's March on Washington

Having travelled across the country by plane, train, bus, car and foot, hundreds of thousands of women are flocking to the nation capital this weekend to storm the National Mall.

They are not there for the Presidential Inauguration, but many Van Cleef & Arpels alhambra necklace black replica say they have a message for Donald Trump America.

Conceived in the late hours of election night, the Women March on Washington all began with a frustrated Facebook post by Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook. if women marched on Washington around Inauguration Day en masse? she wrote on her wall.

Participants at a New York City sign making event ahead of the Women's March on Washington

Courtesy of Julie Hassett Sutton

A few hours later, the social media thought bubble was transformed into a Facebook event page. More and more began clicking the link. As it turns out, Shook was not the only disgruntled voter searching for a new cause.

For many rooting for a female president, the pain of Hillary Clinton defeat could only be expressed in physical terms. felt like I was kicked in the crotch, honestly, notes school psychologist Dawn Houpe, who texted her teenage daughters words of encouragement throughout election night.

As Rust Belt states turned red, Houpe pain worsened.

felt as a woman like I had just been sucker punched, admits the breast cancer survivor from South Carolina. exactly what it felt like. felt like I had a hangover the next day, Denise Valkyrie of Bloomington, Indiana explains of watching her governor become vice president. was just an awful, awful feeling.

When Valkyrie spotted the Women March post, she created a new Facebook event for Hoosiers interested in travelling down to Washington together. tagged forty of my friends to see if they were interested. I woke up and 500 people had joined. Those forty had asked another forty, and it just kept snowballing. woke up the day after the election feeling like I got hit by a bus, she recalls. I flipped on my computer and saw that several people were organizing a march.

The full time project manager needed to get her mind off things. thought if I get involved in this and create the Michigan page, it van cleef & arpels necklace replica might distract me from how I feeling. And it might turn fear into hope. woman wear van cleef necklace woman wear van cleef necklace Gloria Everson says she was looking forward to toasting a female president elect on her birthday, just two days post election. After scrolling through birthday messages, she also spotted a friend Facebook post about the protest.

next day, I did a search to see if there were any Minnesota groups planning for the March, the former college professor says. threw a page up and within three hours, the national team contacted me. Barnett remembers November 10th, too. spent the last two days in grief, lying in my bed, the 41 year old consultant from Eugene, Oregon admits.

Barnett says she felt a fire light up inside her as she logged into her social media account. was flipping through my Facebook on my phone and spotted this event, Barnett says. scrolled through and didn see any volunteers from Oregon, so I raised my hand.

A woman holds up her sign at a New York City sign making event ahead of the Women March on Washington

Courtesy of Julie Hassett Sutton

And so it began. Hillary voters from across the country logged into Facebook hoping to commiserate with friends. What they found was a reason to get back on their feet.

The national team behind the Women March on Washington began assembling a team of state coordinators to help rally troops of protesters from all 50 states. call to action was posted on November 9th, says Colorado state coordinator Kenzie Rodriguez. November 10th, we had 40 states pledged to organize a march in their state and to come to DC.

Rodriguez attests she has not put down her phone in days. just constant phone calls, Facebook messages, emails, she says giddily. been insane. state coordinator Jean Dunbar was shocked by the enthusiasm, adding that their event page nearly down with posts. What began as a light task soon became another full time job.

typical day does not end for me. It goes until the next day, Dunbar says with a laugh. you looked at the time stamps in my inbox, you might think I was three people. the past month, I been working non stop, Sandy Motaert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa says. didn realize I was going to be working 16 18 hours a day on this, she jokes. on Christmas day non stop. Every minute. Barbara Battista of Terre Haute, Indiana had made arrangements in the summer to attend what she thought would be Hillary Clinton inauguration.

those plans changed, the Catholic nun said. then I realized, I got some time and energy. I want to do something positive.

She first heard about the Women March in late November: started planning to drive out there with a few people, and then I just started spreading the word. Soon, her carpool went from a mini van to 25 passenger bus to an even bigger vehicle. March coordinators from Indiana began assembling a fleet of buses, and estimate more than 5,000 people will be travelling down to the march from the Hoosier state.

Though participant counts are difficult to gage, some state coordinators have pulled all nighters helping to coordinate carpools. Virginia transportation coordinator Reagan Flaherty has booked 125 buses to bring marchers from her neighbor state, and anticipates at least 15,000 Virginians will attend.

At least 1,000 participants are flying in from Oregon. The state chapter Facebook page filled up with posts about Southwest airline deals beginning in November. Amtrak has added two entirely new trips and additional train cars onto existing trips to meet the demand of marchers travelling down from New York City.

New York state even set up a ride sharing website set up to help marchers connect with others driving to Washington, and organizers estimate more than 350 buses will be travelling down to the capitol on Friday.

Approximately 200 marchers are making the more than 10 hour plane journey from Hawaii. Groups of Californians boarded buses earlier in the week for a cross country road trip. And the deep red state of South Carolina has organized 22 buses, but anticipates over 3,000 participants are headed to the March.

The Massachusetts chapter raised over $30,000 to fund travel for 130 women and allies who otherwise would not be able to afford the trek. the get go, we focused on being inclusive and ensuring that diverse voices were able to get to DC, says lead coordinator for Massachusetts, Tami Gouveia. have sponsored bus tickets from families who have lost children to gun violence. Indiana state chapter sold 500 scarves with the Women March logo to raise money for women who could not afford bus tickets down to the march.

They not the only state with a delegation donning matching attire. Oregonians are wearing beanies with angel wing embroidery. They appropriated the Oregon state motto flies with her own wings on signs and hats. Meanwhile, the Minnesota chapter partnered with a local women run business to produce t shirts and sweatshirts with the Women March logo.

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