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It may have rained on Donald’s parade on Friday, but the sun beamed out in full force yesterday for the Women’s March in London.  Come rain or shine, my daughters and I were determined we were going to head down to Grosvenor Square for this historical rally.

We thought 20,000 might join us, perhaps even some with pitchforks. In the end, it felt like a gargantuan street party with a swell of pink camaraderie, humorous billboards held high by ladies, by men and even by children of all ages and all nationalities. We even had our own parade of pooches.

How one post shook the world

One Facebook post started it all.

Hawaiian Teresa Shook created an event inviting 40 of her friends to march on Washington following Donald Trump’s inauguration. The next day, 10,000 people had joined the event. Similar groups were created across the U.S. and it rapidly morphed into a global protest.  Just under 3 million marched in the U.S. alone, making it the biggest protest in its history. Washington D.C. took the prize for the largest gathering of 500,000 but London didn’t do badly at 100,000. Similar events took place in over 500 locations around the globe, attracting millions of protesters.

The participants congregated outside the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square for the Women’s March.

 

Princess Leia was there in spirit.

Left: My girls Clarissa and Eloise. Right: Kids of all ages came to the Women’s March.

Men, Pooches and Suffragettes get ready to march.

Mayfair came to a standstill on Saturday.

This was the first time in my life that I felt so compelled to walk with mothers, fathers, grandmothers, daughters and sons, and it was with a great sense of pride that I watched my daughters participate. After all, this was much bigger than the U.S. presidential election: it was a march for our future and for our children.

Did any of you attend the Women’s March on Saturday? What did you think?

 

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