MUNICH — (MunichNOW News) — During the course of the well-attended Munich Women’s March, we chatted with some of the marchers. What we heard, again and again, was the sense of community and support that being together with so many like-minded people gave them all.
Antje and Miriam both wore pink hats in support of the Pussyhat Project and Antje was proud to have her sister marching in what turned out to be a huge (YUGE) march in Washington D.C.. Miriam said, “The current President does not represent the majority of the people either in numbers or in personality traits.” “There is definitely a glass ceiling,” Antje added,” it is harder for women in the US.”
Patti, an American citizen who voted in the last election, just wanted to be heard. Her concerns are not only women’s rights, but Russian expansion, the Middle East, and the Syrian war. Misogyny in the US election was a big problem, but she did feel that being part of the establishment was more of a problem for Ms. Clinton. “Donald Trump won”, she said, “but by old-fashioned rules that no longer apply.”
Loren was at the march with his entire family. He is an American married to a German and they have two children, and they were perched off to the side of the large and milling crowd filling much of Marienplatz.
When asked why he was attending, he was very quick to answer, “My wife and I want to be sure our children understand what equality means and what human rights are, and I believe the recent election in the States threatens those values.” He want on to say he is very concerned about Russian meddling in the election and wants the investigations to continue. We felt his signs said a great deal.
Samantha, on the right in the pick pussyhat, made several hats here and sent them on to friends in both Washington DC and Sacramento CA in the true spirit of the Pussyhat Project. The group, after little discussion, agreed the misogyny figured heavily in the 2016 election mostly in the form of the intractable “Boys Club”.
As for the legitimacy of the current President, this was clear, no, and that the investigations into the Russians and the FBI should continue, even though there may be resistance to do so from the new administration.
“Fight Like a Girl” the sign read.
Jenny, mother of Caitlin, and Caitlin’s friend Saskia were all smiles as they moved along with the long line of marchers. They were not going to be intimidated or depressed. They wanted to do something and the march was just right, as was the sunny and brisk Saturday.
“Human rights matter, climate change matters, voting rights matter”, said Jenny, “and the current administration puts all of it at risk.” Gender bias was a much bigger part of the US election she felt, because women are judged on a different standard than men.
“We all feel great about today. It is a sort of catharsis – being out here with so many other women and families. This really helps after the weeks since November.” With that, Jenny and the girls disappeared into the flowing crowd.
Maximillian, a German, is married to Laura, an American. “I won’t be silent”, she said, “and I want to march in solidarity with the women in Washington DC and around the world!” Misogyny? “Yes, extreme in 2016 and the whole electoral college system is outdated and the US should move to the direct popular vote.”
Should Ms. Clinton run for mayor of NYC? “Yes!” “What an amazing day this is – surrounded by such positive feelings!”
Margaux came to Munich from Austria to join the march. Climate change and equal rights were number one issues, and being in this huge march just reaffirmed her strong feelings. “The President is not legitimate”, she said, “why shouldn’t it have been one person equals one vote?”