Tri-Staters Share Experience from Women's March

Thousands of people across the country returned home Sunday, after participating in women's marches across the country.

"Yesterday was a resistance. Yesterday was the beginning of a movement,” Mae Hagan said.

As women and men returned to the tri-state tired from an 18 hour trip on a packed bus, they looked back on a day they won't soon forget.

"It was an amazing experience. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime, just because this is an event that is making national headlines, and also national history, as well as international history,” Shelby Phelps said.

"It was just an ocean of people. It was hard to tell how many people were there, but it was just an amazing experience, and it was just powerful to see that many people coming out and standing up for not just women, but all marginalized people,” Cory Roppel said.

People marched for women, and the oppressed, from old to young.

"Feminism has always really been a really big deal to me,” 14-year-old Miasol Roppel-Wolf said. “I believe that if you have something that you want to say to the world, then you should definitely just stand up and say it. Everybody has different titles, or different like positions, or whatever, but every single person in the world has the exact same value.”

It's no coincidence the march came a day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

"I feel like our president has kind of threatened my rights, and I wanted to stand and fight for that,” Roppel-Wolf said.

But some say, that's not the point.

"We want to make it clear that yesterday was not about trump. Yesterday was about us as women,” Hagan said.

Regardless of political views, protesting is a right guaranteed to all Americans-- if done peacefully.

That was the case in Washington D.C. where no arrests were reported.

"There were a lot of people who were thanking police members, who were thanking security members, and just, I’m really thankful for the whole community coming together to support this event,” Phelps said.

It's a day that may be looked back on in history as a turning point for women's rights, but not without a little tri-state influence.


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