(Photo by Julie Zeglen)
Fifty thousand people took to Ben Franklin Parkway for the Women’s March on Philadelphia this weekend, joining hundreds of sister marches around the world to rally for the defense of women’s rights under our new president.
Members of Philly’s social impact community — nonprofits, local government, higher education, the School District of Philadelphia — represented our city powerfully. Some gave speeches, some wrote publicly about the experience and some simply showed up with signs and family in tow.
Here are just a few examples.
— August 21, 1831 (@FeministaJones) January 21, 2017
The school district’s kindergarten transition fellow, Ami Patel Hopkins, wrote on Instagram that her reason for marching was “because it is important to me to use my voice and hold my politicians accountable to the people they serve, especially our nation’s beautiful children.”
Today I attended the march and rally in Philly because it is important to me to use my voice and hold my politicians accountable to the people they serve, especially our nation's beautiful children. I felt a lot of love in the crowd and was very proud of Philly today! #GSD #morelovelesshate #whyilovephilly ❤️⚪️💙🇺🇸
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Rep. Donna Bullock’s speech tackled the need for intersectional feminism and acknowledgement of privilege.
In her speech, Women’s Law Project Executive Director Carol Tracey also referenced the need for intersectional feminism as well as the continuing need for WLP’s work. As quoted in the Inquirer, she said, “In my 40 years of feminist activism, this might be the most exciting day of my life.”
— Women's Law Project (@WomensLawProj) January 21, 2017
Allie Ilagan, marketing and communications head at Wharton Social Impact Initiative, wrote about bringing her young daughter to the march and what she learned from it.
— allie ilagan (@allieil) January 21, 2017
As our sister site Technical.ly Philly reported, TechGirlz founder Tracey Welson-Rossman gave a speech about pay equity and women in tech. Last week, she also wrote an essay for Huffington Post explaining why she’d be showing up: “I march to economically empower women in America.”
— Tracey WelsonRossman (@TWelsonRossman) January 21, 2017
Councilwoman Helen Gym spoke about the need for supporting Planned Parenthood, immigrants and education.
We've been in this fight for a long time. The America we woke up to Nov 9 was always there. But when we organize across differences, we win. pic.twitter.com/D50nVbJAIg
— Helen Gym (@HelenGymAtLarge) January 21, 2017
Mayor Jim Kenney committed again to signing a bill that will make it illegal for employers to ask job applicants about their salary history.
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 21, 2017
Also, there were pups.-30-
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