ACKNOWLEDGING DIFFERENCES - MARCHING AS ONE: OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH SERIES PART TWO

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! 


Left to right:  Caroline Carrasco, Lauren Mayfield, Jordan Bailey

Left to right:  Caroline Carrasco, Lauren Mayfield, Jordan Bailey


Co- Founders of Black Girl Book Club (virtual book club), Jordan Bailey and Laren Mayfield expressed how the march was therapeutic. They shared how they use their platform to discuss personal experiences and to educate and relate to the power of being a black woman. 

Q: What brought you all specifically here today given everyone has individual reasons. How is being here today can unite us as one to move forward to solve issues?

A: Lauren Mayfield
We wanted to be around women who feel the same way. Women and all people who are just upset about this presidential election and wanting to unite together. It's kinda of like this therapeutic experience we all have just uniting together, sharing our grief and anger, and also how much we love each other and how we deserve better. 

A: Jordan Bailey - I think we were all looking for something to channel our sad, hurt, fearful energy into and making signs. Coming out with a bunch of people who feel the same way was like really therapeutic. I think being here has been really good. We were just talking about how supportive this environment feels and how much it feels like a community. Even though everyone is angry and scared today I  feel that really positive people are out here sharing the love and showing people that they are here to support each other so that felt really good. 

Q: Can you talk briefly about your virtual book club and why is it important to share your voices with other women of color?

A: Lauren Mayfield - We just want to create a space for women of color or people who wonder about our experiences that we didn't have growing up just hearing our stories and being like, you know what I felt that way. You know what we are not always seen in the media, magazines, or the blogs were not always represented. So having those spaces, being part of these voices that are increasing even with your blog. Women of color need to know that they are people like them who are experiencing these things who are with them, who love them and support them.  So this book club is to do just that and to continuing learning, that's where the books come in we're going to read from these different authors and figure out what they have to say and see if that's what we aligned with.

A: Jordan Bailey- Like she said, the big emphasis was wanted to create something that we didn't have growing up.we both had experienced where we felt pretty isolated where we felt like we didn't have people to connect to so we wanted to create a platform where we can share our experiences and our perspectives and put something out there where women of color can relate to in their own way. We also wanted to have a project that centers around learning and expanded our perspective and learning from women of color and trying to relate to other women of color. 

Q:  How do you express your femininity and creativity?

Jordan Bailey- That's a good one.  For me, I realize a lot of it is through my style and how I dress. Specifically, the head wraps I gotten into recently, and I love them, I love all the different fun patterns and colors, it feels really feminine and cute. I also went natural recently so playing with my natural hair so playing with my natural hair and like new hairstyles and stuff has been really fun and I love jewelry and earnings.


Q: Lauren Mayfield - I think mine is just going through Instagram and posting on Instagram and interacting with that community. Seeing all these beautiful women who are not only just beautiful doing awesome things. Commenting and liking and connecting with people all over the world who are just women of color doing their thing. 

Jhanelle Rivera