The hats and color were the symbols of unity. Your signs were the big beautiful surprise.

You brought tens of thousands of unique signs to the #WomxnsMarchSeattle on Saturday, with messages that intersected and reflected, but were never the same.

America is a messy, curious place, constantly embracing new ideas and people and ways of being. At our proudest moments we listen carefully, shift our thinking, and may respectfully agree to disagree. It is the narrow, incurious, rigid worldview in the other Washington now that has us confused, angry, and frightened.

Our signs in Seattle were glorious reflections of America. From complex ideas, to a heartfelt “LOVE EACH OTHER”, we found cardboard, markers, and glue sticks, and poured out our hopes and fears.

Then we spent the day bravely showing our deeply held values to friends and thousands of strangers. You committed to your ideas and ideals, with every line you colored in. You wrote your vows to America and to Seattle.

The time you took to write and illustrate your signs are the march’s defining gift and power, amplified by people on our Seattle #WomensMarch of between 130,000 and 175,000 people, who packed three-and-a-half miles of city streets.

You saw how more than 100,000 diverse and complex ideas can move as one.

And about those hats. Did your friend knit 23 and give you one? Did you pull out knitting needles or your sewing kit for the first time in decades? Go to the march with a group wearing matching hats you bought on-line? Decide pink was not your color but wore a pink scarf or no pink at all?

Pink hats worn proudly by many marchers on Saturday.
Pink hats worn proudly by many marchers on Saturday.

You made a decision about a color, an identity, a group you belong to, that you may have reinforced over and over again, with each row of knit over purl.

The hats and color were your symbols of unity. Your signs were the big beautiful surprise.

Thank you, Seattle. I love you America. Let’s keep marching forward with all of our messy, complex, intersectional ideas. That’s who we are.

What was your sign? What were some of your favorite signs? I’d love to see them!

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There is simply no way to have any symbol or any movement that resonates with everyone. I believe the organizing committees nationally and in Seattle worked hard to be inclusive and keep the tent open. Here is a list of the Seattle organizers.

Here are some of the messages that have been shared with me

***Why excluding Hillary Clinton from the Women’s March of list of people to be honored is wrong

***Why pink pussy hats exclude trans women and women of color

***A woman of color who did not march explains she did not because a majority of white women supported a racist candidate

***An Islamic woman worries that 50 of more than 500 groups that supported the March received some of their funding from philanthropist George Soros Here is the national group of partners

I believe from my experience in Seattle on January 21 that people felt able and free to bring their own meanings and messages in a supportive environment.

I believe we have the obligation to hear and incorporate as many of those messages as possible as we all move forward.