Acknowledging Differences - Marching as One: Oakland Women's March Series Part one

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! 


Lauren Frazier spoke about the lack of representation of black women in the feminist community and how she unapologetically wears her voice. 

Q: I saw your sign and I wanted to learn more about you and discover your mission and purpose of attending the march today.  Why is it the perfect opportunity right now to unite together and push forward to make a change?

A: I really wanted to be here to represent black women there's  been an ongoing issue in the feminist community about intersectionality and the lack of representation of black women and kind of the white feminist phenomenon. I wanted to be here to represent black women and just to make sure black voices are heard amongst the larger female voice that's being expressed today. I think it's really important given our current presidential situation. I think it's really important to come together and just show we are not going to stand for what he stands for. 

Q: How would you like to move forward?

A:  I definitely want to unite with other women, I definitely want to make sure this march is symbolic and I want to make sure that people in Washington take notice that all over the country. Not just Washington not just New York that all across the country that women and men too, are standing up and saying we are not going to take this. I want to make sure that this makes a dent. That one congress person or one senator somewhere is impacted by this I think then it was worth it. 

Q: How do you express your creativity and femininity? 

A: That's a good question, I think I express it through my choice of clothing. I try to represent myself. I try to wear whatever I feel like and I don't try to conform to any particular beauty standards or counter culture standards. I just kinda wear what I feel like wearing and that's kind of a personal thing. I think on a larger measure I try to reach out to women whenever I can and in the workplace and things like that and kind of bring women up around me that I can.





Jhanelle Rivera