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Ye Olde Photographer and his Faire Spouse went to the Women's March in DC in 2017, but stayed closer to home this year. We took the train down to Center City Philly with another couple and did the 2018 March up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. After some single digit temperatures a week or so before, the weather was way better, mostly sunny and into the low 50ºF region; rather balmy! We left the train at Jefferson Station rather than Suburban, so we could catch some coffee and miss the converging crowds. We then walked up to 18th and the Parkway and funneled into the growing crowd. Don't know the numbers, but approximately 50,000 were anticipated, and YOP could believe it was reached.
This was a very diverse group, and YOP estimates males of the species were probably 15 to 20% of the attending demographic. There were speeches by Philadelphia and Pennsylvania government people, as well as by many activists and organizers. There were some lesser known people who spoke, including two high school students who were absolutely awesome. The areas of concern included the discrimination against LGBTs, backsliding on environmental protection, and the disturbing treatment of immigrants, as well as the more traditional "women's" issues. We can hope to see more women running for office; that is already happening after last year's march.
Wandering in these marches, YOP is always amazed at how clever some of the sign makers are.
After a long day of mostly standing, we caught a quick snack and coffee at the Terminal Market behind Jefferson Station before boarding a train back to North Wales. All in all, a fair day — and Ye Old Photographer broke 10,000 steps for the day — wooo hooo!
All photos taken with a mere iPhone 6s, occasionally using an iOttie MiGo BlueTooth selfie stick to get above the crowd.