Millions of people from around the world took part in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. In Boston, an estimated 175,000 women, men and children filled Boston streets to send a strong message to the new Trump administration.

After the March, a 3-generation grandmother, mother and daughter sat down and shared their story.

Information about the participants courtesy of Anne Wright, Coordinator, Arlington Mothers Out Front

Grandmother Paulette Schwartz (77) of Arlington, Massachusetts – A retired clinical psychologist who worked in a community mental health center. Paulette attended the march with her husband, Ed, and a group of about 25 local activists and concerned citizens. She has participated in other marches and rallies (anti-war, women’s choice, anti-nuclear, etc.) and was active in the local campaign to elect Hillary Clinton. Currently she and her husband are Town Meeting members and members of the Arlington Democratic Town Committee.

Quote: “One of the most satisfying aspects of political involvement is getting to know so many people of different backgrounds who care about education, racism, the environment, human rights, health care, and income equality. These people, like me, want to insure that these values are supported now and for the next generation. This event has additional significance for me because I will be there with my daughter and especially with my granddaughter. While it is easy and tempting to dwell on the incoming President, it is more important that we come together and work toward the important goals we share. I believe the great majority of our country shares these goals.”

Daughter Jennifer McClain (45) of Lexington, Massachusetts – A year ago, Jennifer felt overwhelming despair when considering our the future of our climate. She wondered if her daughters would be safe, if they would be afraid of having children of their own, if this is where our society ends. When she joined Mothers Out Front, she discovered other women who were taking action and trying to make a difference; she no longer felt alone. Jenn is a structural engineer and has been involved in the Lexington Mothers Out Front campaign to identify, tag, and pressure gas companies to repair gas leaks.

Quote: “I believe very strongly in the inherent dignity and worth of all people. This march is an opportunity to stand together with those who support marginalized groups and who feel strongly about economic justice, racial justice and climate justice.”

Quote: “By engaging in protests, by speaking to our political leaders, by questioning utility company actions, we move from passive observers to individuals who act on our beliefs. Instead of feeling hopeless, we feel empowered and we do more. We demand more.”

Granddaughter Sabrina McClain (17) of Lexington, Massachusetts – Volunteer teacher of religious education at Unitarian Universalist Church (with mother).