Mormon Women March
Over the past weekend, women, men, and children from all over the world marched in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. While some have labeled it a feminist march, or a pro-choice march, or a liberal march, the mission of the Women’s March was as follows, per their website:
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
On Saturday, I marched with my daughter and several sisters from my ward in my small Midwestern town. Expecting only a couple of dozen people to show up, I admit that I got a little weepy when I was joined by over 400 others – people of all stripes, with all sorts of different beliefs and political views, and together we joined arms and peacefully marched in solidarity with one another.
Later that day, I went from “a little weepy” to “full on crying” when my social media feeds were filled with images of marches around the world. Particularly meaningful to me were the pictures of my Mormon sisters marching, carrying on a seldom-discussed but rich tradition of activism of our Mormon foremothers, including Emmeline Wells, Lula Greene Richards, Amy Brown Lyman, Esther Peterson, and many, many others.
And so we put out a call in our Exponent II Facebook group, and we got almost 100 pictures of Mormon women and their signs, and we put together a slideshow for you to enjoy. Seeing pictures of these brave people made my heart swell, and I hope it makes yours a little larger, too.
Update, 1/25/2017: we now have over 100 pictures!