Marching Through an Uncertain Year, Support Shown at the 3rd Annual OC Women’s March

An estimated 15,000 people marched in Downtown Santa Ana.

Alexa Penaloza and Stephanie Lopez

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, over 15,000 women, men, and children joined together in downtown Santa Ana for the third annual Orange County Women’s March.

Many diverse groups came together to march for women’s rights and human rights, hoping for a nation that is supportive of a modern women’s role.

The Women’s March was not just about women. Marchers for the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ community, and protection for the undocumented living in the United States also showed up to make their voices heard.

Marchers were surrounded by many people who wore statement shirts supporting their causes and colorful signs that were held throughout the 4.5 mile walk. Clever phrases and beautiful art were displayed throughout the wave of signs during the march. A few signs read:  “Still marching, still resisting, still here,” “Women are the wall and Trump will pay,” “Make Orwell Fiction Again” and “Son of powerful, fearless immigrant women.” “He doesn’t even have a dog!” a signs read in regards to President Donald Trump. whose Twitter comments towards women have been disturbing to many.

Godinez Fundamental High School Grizzlies also hit the streets for the march on Saturday and many displayed their colorful signs.

Key Club members volunteered to supervise during the march including Key Club President Diego Solorio who organized close to a dozen Key Club members to volunteer. They were seen throughout the event showcasing their dedication and involvement.

Helen Seigel, art teacher at Godinez, has attended the march twice and helped a few Godinez art students design and make signs on the Friday before the march. Seigel recalls the march being “fantastic” and said, “It is wonderful to see people coming together for a shared cause because we certainly do need to do more together to make this world better.”

Art student, Marielena Martinez, worked on her poster with Seigel for the march. Martinez said, “The poster is a tribute to the closest women in my life.” For Martinez, the poster means that “having a support system to lean on is unmatched… Building relationships with that group is important, they can end up being your best friends or biggest motivators.”

It is estimated between 665,500 to 735,500 people participated in 319 U.S. locations with the largest march taking place in Los Angeles with approximately 200,000 marchers attending. Dozens more marchers took place around the world including marches in Paris, France, Berlin, Germany, and Barcelona, Spain. And countries even further away renewed their involvement by marching in New Zealand, Zambia and Indonesia.

As the march ended around noon, marchers walked backed to their cars for their journey home and the hope that change will come sooner than later.