Students Prepare for March on Washington

News  /  by Eden Fesseha '19  /  January 20, 2017

Olalla Duato '18

Tomorrow, over 50 Lawrentians will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Women’s March, the largest protest of a presidential inauguration in US history. A rally will begin at 10:00 AM near the US Capitol Building and end around 1:15 PM, at which time the march will begin.

The Women’s March coordinators have defined their mission to ensure the protection of the rights of women and other underrepresented minorities. By having the march on the first day of President-elect Trump’s presidency, they hope to “show the rest of the world that women’s rights are human rights.”

When asked why she pushed for Lawrenceville students to take part in this event, Olivia Brandon ’17, president of the Feminism Club said, “It’s really important for young people to be involved [in their nation’s future].” Together with Maren Ogg ’17, Brandon was in contact with School Chaplain Sue Anne Steffey Morrow H’12 who spoke with Head Master Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 to confirm the arrangements. Brandon said finding transportation and sending out information to interested students happened “spontaneously” and in a way that seemed, “meant to be.”

Members of the Feminism Club as well as students in Young Democrats, GSA, and WILL, received an email at the beginning of the week explaining the plans for the march. When asked why she why she wanted to attend, Zoe Thierfelder ’19 said, “I think it’s an important historical moment, and it’ll be a great feeling to be a part of something bigger than me.” Thierfelder and other students planning on going to the march attended a meeting Wednesday night to discuss meeting places and general safety protocol. In addition, some students plan to meet again tonight for a poster-making session.

Along with students, several members of the faculty will be attending as chaperones. Dean of Students Blake Eldridge ’96, Chair of the History Department Alison Easterling P’19, English Master Pier Kooistra P’19, Archives Librarian Jacqueline Haun, Classics Master Devondra McMillan, Visual Arts Fellow Stuart Robertson ’11, and Science Master Jennifer Mayr P’15 ’17 will be accompanying the students.

Brandon reflected on what she hopes to gain from the experience: “It’s always been a part of American culture to march and protest and this is just another manifestation of that.” Lawrenceville students plan to leave campus at 5:30 AM and leave Washington around 2:00 PM to arrive back on campus around 6:00 PM.