I've attached some photos I took of the great march of 2004, the March for Women's Lives. People came from all over the country on a cloudy spring day in Washington, DC. I was most fascinated with the variety of young, old, male, female, gay, straight, religious and irreligious, black, brown, yellow and pink. It was a great march, wish you were there.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The NARAL organization provided the most signs which were all conveniently on their own papertowel roll-like handles. Although there were loads of signs, NARAL's were the only ones which had handles.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I was most interested in the men in the crowd, I guess it's because they were not center stage but played a supporting role. I tried to capture the conviction of the movement here from the perspective from older men~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
There was a lot of discussion of religion at this march, and it wasn't all on the other side of the yellow tape where the anti-abortionists showed their sick-fuck embryo pictures. These two pictures demonstrate the opposite ends of the spectrum. There were also quite a few "Catholics for Choice".~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Family Planning was not the only kind of family at the march. There were babies in strollers, dogs and these two young pregnant women posed for me.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ah youth! So many really nice young people at the march, male and female. I was impressed by the politeness and simple dignity of this girl's sign.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Pink was the color of the Feminist Majority tee shirt I wore and the Family Planning signs but another group of people had a different use for the color pink as they pondered W's future.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This girl with many buttons just had a lot of causes I guess.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
These bellydancers must have had the most fun on the way to DC on the "Belly Bus".~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
There was quite a bit of mulling around, trying to find your delegation. I never did find mine. But it was most interesting to walk through the crowds talking to various groups of people.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I'm tired. It was worth it.
~ Nancy Maynard
Thanks, again, Nancy!