Identity

The Mothers and Daughters Who Marched on Washington Together

"I thought it was very important to support my daughter, and all daughters of the world—not just for women's rights, but all rights."

by Darragh Dandurand
Jan 22 2017, 4:25pm

All photos by Darragh Dandurdand

The day after Donald Trump—who was elected on a platform of divisiveness and bigotry—was inaugurated as president of the United States, millions of women and men throughout the country and the world gathered in protest. In Washington, D.C., nearly half a million protesters swarmed the streets; among them were women of all generations.

Among the hundreds of thousands were countless mothers who had brought their daughters, wanting to share the historical moment and ensure a better future for their children. Here are some of the families in attendance, on the significance of the march and the reasons they traveled to the State Capitol:

Kim and her daughter Justyne, from New Jersey

Kim: This is her first time experiencing something like this. I need her to see all different kinds of things to support and protest about. She wanted to walk, so of course we're here.
Justyne: I just want all of us to have equal rights.

Kimm, from NYC, with her daughter Shannon, from Philadelphia

Kimm: She thought the times of revolution were over, but we both realize that it never stops. We can't sit down to take a break.
Shannon: Who is better to march with than your Mom?

Giselle and her daughter Maya, from Maryland

Giselle: I knew today was going to be for making history.
Maya:I wanted to be part of something much bigger than myself.

Jessi with her daughter, from New York

Jessi: These are our family views. I don't know if she'll remember this, but it's in her DNA.

Heather and her daughter Maya, from New Jersey

Heather: I thought it was very important to support my daughter, and all daughters of the world—not just for women's rights, but all rights.
Maya: I never want to be silent about a thing I believe in.

Alba and her daughter Allie, from New Jersey

Alba: There is significance in sharing the importance of not being deprived of our humanity. We will not be second-class citizens again.
Allie: Decades from now this will be in the history books. I want to be on the right side of history.

Julia and her daughter Lilla, from Philadelphia

Julia: It's important to be politically active. The future is hers, and Trump is the past. I will not let Trump trash her future.
Lilla: I think Trump isn't fit to be president. Again another completely unqualified man gets the job of a completely qualified woman.

Shirley and her daughter Eliza, from New Jersey

Shirley: It matters to her, so it matters to me.
Eliza: It feels like we have hope, when there wasn't much looking into the future.

Cynthia and her daughter Choral, from South Carolina.

Cynthia: I just want her to stand up for her beliefs.
Choral:After the campaign, I saw how everything was just more divided than ever.

Jamie with her daughters Maddie (far left), Olivia (middle left), and Posy (far right), from Maryland

Jamie: We're all very interested in this election, and my children thought we were going to have the first woman president. We have to understand that Trump can change out future: for the climate, environment, for reproductive rights and education.
Maddie: I'm trying to show that even when there is a thing you don't agree with, you can still go out and support others. I want to show my sisters community.
Posy: I don't like Trump, but I want to support my family.
Olivia: This is really important to me.

Christie and her daughter Ainslie, from Maryland

Christie: Who we are as women, especially as I stand her at 65, has to be passed onto our daughters like a torch. There are so many issues, but today is also a celebration of solidarity.
Ainslie: She helped to raise me into the feminist I am today. It's really special to be here with her and the women we're sharing this with.

Joni with her daughter Shannon, and Shannon's daughter's Maddie and Alice, from Michigan

Joni: I'm doing this for my girls, especially the little ones. I want the best world for my granddaughters.
Shannon: I feel really strangely about Trump's cabinet. As a teacher I am horrified and I want to show my daughters to stand up for their rights.
Maddie: I want all these women, children, men, and girls can prove where we want to be and what we want to do in life without judgement.
Alice: I think it's important to stop Trump and what he's doing.

Patricia with her daughters Gracyn (left) and Dylan (right)

Patricia: I want to teach my daughters to use white privilege to be an ally under this administration.
Gracyn: Like my mom said, I want to march for people who can't.
Dylan: Trump is being really mean to a lot of people. He won't let gay people be gay, and doesn't let the black people be a part of the USA.

Joan with her daughters Maddy (left) and Alanna (right), from Massachusetts

Joan: I'm here to send a message that truth matters, facts, science, and women matter. Truth was that it wasn't that great in the past, so it's got to get better. Women are moving forward.
Maddy: My mom is an incredible, strong woman. We've showed resistance in small ways, now it's important as women to speak out. There is too much at stake.
Alanna: This is important for my family. I'm the youngest, so I want to have role models.