By Claire Wootton, Evanston Township
Insider Claire Wootton documented her experiences at the Women’s March on Jan. 21.
Crowds of marchers gathered in front of the Art Institute early in the morning as people began to head towards the rally in Grant Park. The rally featured speakers who addressed gender inequality, racism, homophobia, gun violence, and more.
Many marchers brought signs expressing their reasons for marching, from signs simply showing dislike of the new administration – some with the popular slogan “Not My President” – to signs representing a specific issue or opinion.
The Women’s March had marchers addressing all sorts of issues facing women. Chants like “My body my choice” and “This is what a feminist looks like” were repeated all throughout the march and participators carried signs addressing reproductive rights, the wage gap, intersectionality, and rape culture, just to name a few.
Even before the rally began the marchers began to take over the streets because the crowd was so large, marching and chanting down Michigan Avenue as they headed towards the rally.
Some signs took a more humorous approach, portraying President Trump as a troll or other satirical characters. These signs, though funny, often also made very serious points about the new president and/or his policies.
The march continued all morning and into the afternoon, with the overwhelming turnout forcing marchers to abandon the originally-planned route and break off into different pieces marching in every direction.
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