Across the country today, women and men are coming together at public marches to make their voices heard. We asked some friends why they are participating in the Women's Marches taking place in Washington D.C. and in other cities.
We must all march forward and never look back! We can't let one man pull us back in time. I am very proud to be a smart, strong women surrounded by men and women who show constant support and encouragement. And people who speak up for what they believe. I refuse to look back!
Cameron Adams (Dance Partners and Cameron Adams: Unedited)
We need to march to stand up for the rights of women. Equal pay, maternity leave, reproductive rights. The suffragettes fought for similar rights over 100 years ago, and now we must make the stand again. I truly believe we can and will be heard. It is our responsibility to stand up and be counted.
There have been so many marches in Washington, DC, but never one that has brought together the women in this nation. A march that allows women to show just how strong, and resilient, and patient we have been. Well, our patience, or pleas for equality have not been heard. Now is the time to show up, and make those people that hold our rights at arms length finally hear us. We will no longer walk behind. We will no longer be quiet and "stay in our place." Our place, our station, our role is whatever we say it is, and we will not be put in any boxes any longer. The box is open, and there is no closing it again.
Dionne Figgins (Ensemblist Essentials: Pre-Production, Ensemblists Give Back)
We are all just humans on this planet- we are of equal value and importance, made of the same matter, and therefore should be afforded the same rights. However we know that is not the case for many, and when someone falls down you must help pick them up, for when one person suffers we all suffer. I am marching not only because I am a woman, or a member of the LGBT community, but also because it is my duty to march with and for the rights of all other disenfranchised women. Showing up, being a small part of a large entity, and marching is the least we can do and is just the beginning of a much greater social justice fight for equal rights for all.
The women's march is important to me because it stands for a larger resolution. It should inspire and incite action. We are so used to easy social media hashtags, retweets, and likes, but Snapchat feeds fade away. Real resistance and progress requires real interaction. Organized activism. It's time.
Sasha Hutchings (The History of the Ensemblist: Hamilton)
I march because I wish for a country that chooses love over hate.
I march because I hope for a land that spreads peace over violence.
I march because I am a woman and I respect my fellow man.
I march because I am female and deserve to be treated as a human being.
I march because I have nieces that should only know the meaning of equal pay for equal rights.
I march because I should be the only one who decides what can happen to my body.
I march because I can not tolerate intolerance.
I march because I love the United States and we are better than what is currently happening.
I march because I choose to be part of the solution.
I march because women can change the world.
Michelle Kittrell (Containing Multitudes, Part 2)
I am not able to make it to D.C., but I will be marching in the Women’s March on Seattle in solidarity. As a mom, I walk for my children and for the future they deserve. As a person of mixed race, I walk to honor the work of my ancestors and civil rights leaders. It is more important than ever, as a parent, to raise good human beings who believe in equality, justice and kindness, and to teach the importance of standing up for what is right. For those reasons, I will march proudly.
I love being an American. But I am disheartened by the incoming administration's positions and ideals when it comes to mass incarceration, women's rights, charter schools, race relations, foreign allies, healthcare, lgbtq rights, etc. I have never protested in my life, but these past few months have pushed me to a breaking point. We, the people, must use our might to force our leaders to listen to us. This is not the time to stay quiet.
I am marching because, enough of women being in tribes. White, Black,Christian, Muslim,gay, Latin, Asian women need to stop the division in our gender. We have a lot of work to do and we can not do that separated. It's time for women all over the world to stand up, and let our strong,complicated, messy,fragile voices be heard.
Vasthy Mompoint (Ensemblist Essentials: As Cast, Ensemblists Give Back)
Marching is important to me because to march as a people, is to remind our government that they represent the people. That it is their duty to enforce and protect our civil rights. I want to be a part of that cause and pledge to fight for equal rights in this country. I want to show I am an ally to every single human no matter their race, religion, disability, sexuality, or gender.
Unfortunately I will not be able to march on Saturday, but I stand behind the many people who will. It is important to remind our President-elect that it is not only an obligation but his sworn duty to serve ALL the people of this country - not just those who look like him or agree with him. Nothing short of that will be tolerated.
Molly Tynes (Special Skills, Molly Tynes: Unedited)
I think being a New Yorker is tough. You have to be extra strong, extra motivated, and extra sound of mind and heart. Being a NYC woman is even harder. And the women's march offers a sense of sisterhood. A safe way for women to come together and express themselves. On a grander scale the women's march is a unifying force in the struggle for equality of all people. Unity is power. Being a woman is powerful.
Amy Van Norstrand
America's recent political climate has been a whirlwind of massive negativity. Indecency has been allowed to run rampant in our nation, and people in power are allowing it to become normalized- this is not acceptable, to me. I march to take a physical, peaceful stand for civility and human decency within our country- to stand for the protection of our collective civil and human rights. I march to demand basic human kindness, tolerance, compassion, dignity, freedom, and to encourage us all to lovingly continue creating equality for all citizens.
Alèna Watters (Listener Questions 2013, Aléna Watters: Unedited)
I'm marching because I'm tired of being angry, scared, or disheartened, alone in my apartment staring at a screen. I'm ready to be inspired and encouraged, outside, in the fresh air, looking into the faces of allies and friends.
I'm participating because the theater has always been a safe place for artistic expression in my life and I want to renew my commitment to keeping it that way and making it a welcoming place for everyone in the years to come.
I march because I want to protect my rights as a woman, as a union member and as a citizen of the United States. I march because our country was founded on the principles of inclusivity not exclusivity. I march because policy is not something you create 140 characters at a time. I march because our democracy is fragile and the only thing that can strengthen it is the voice of the people.
Kirsten Wyatt (Life on Tour)