Dialogue and strategizing to move forward took place in the Frank Ogawa Plaza at the Women's March in Oakland, last Saturday.  

More than 75,000 people who walk different paths in life, took a stand to bring all important issues to the forefront in order to unite together to make a change. 

Five women expressed their concerns and revealed how change starts from within.

Here are their voices! 

Recently, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood. Defending the importance of the non-profit organization, which provides reproductive health services and resources, Amy Schaffer decided to take matters into her own hands. 

The Oakland School for the Arts student was spotted with a donation box, fundraising money for Planned Parenthood. She briefly spoke about her concerns and how each person can utilize their skills to make a difference. 

Q: What brought you here today, I know we had a brief discussion about the Plan Parenthood donations, why is it important for you to dedicate your time here at the march?

A: Like in the early 1900’s women fought for women's votes for equality. That made a huge difference because we did pass the 19th amendment in 1920 allowing women to vote equally as same as men, but today we see a repetition of history with the new president-elect and his attitude towards women and so if we want the equality as men have to have the same rights we need to fight and bring attention to the issues that women have today. 

Q:  Now that we are here united as one, regardless of weight, color, just one as women, how can we move forward? How can we take this opportunity to have a dialogue amongst each other?

A: We need to all discuss. Artist through their different kinds of art whether through songs and  posters to support what we believe is right. We need to express ourselves so it makes a difference. If every single woman in the U.S. speaks out about what they believe to be right, then it can make a difference but if we all don't work our hardest, nothing is going to happen.

Q: How do you express your femininity and creativity?

A: Currently, I  go to the Oakland School for the Arts. Every day I practice my art, I sing, we attend different ceremonies like this to perform and to bring awareness to what the school believes is right. We're a very liberal open school. We have a gay-straight alliance, we have a gender equality club which goes around the city and different parts of California to spread awareness about the lack of equality in our country.

Jhanelle Rivera