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What are you doing to take your mind off today?

I’m going to a yoga class with my friend Julia this morning. Then I’m hanging out this afternoon with my friend Will. Also, check out this cool sweatshirt my awesome agent Sarah gave me yesterday. I’ll be wearing it to march on Saturday in New York. Which is my other question: who is marching, and where?

Posted on January 20th, 2017 147 Comments

147 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    I’m headed to DC today to march tomorrow. I’ve always loved DC, lived there for a time, and have spent a lot of time there. I’m kind of in mourning for the city I love and am worried how it will change over the next 4 years. In addition to all my other worries for the next 4 years…

  2. Rosalinda says:

    Marching in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!

  3. Heather says:

    That’s an excellent sweatshirt. I’m bummed to say that I won’t be marching — there’s nothing happening in the small town where I live, and I wasn’t able to get a ride to any of the larger marches. I teach college, and I decided one of the best things I can do for the bigger world for the next four years is to teach my students to be good critical thinkers, good writers, to have strong information literacy skills. Of course I always strive for this, but it seems even more important now.

    • DeDe says:

      YES! We all need to commit to doing whatever we can for the good of our communities and nation over the coming years, and then do it consistently, even when it feels tedious, frustrating, or futile. Day-to-day activism is not very glamorous, but it’s how change happens. Marching is only the beginning.

      • DeDe says:

        PS, college professors are awesome! Thank you for doing what you do!

        • Dana D says:

          You are a very good cheerleader, DeDe…

          Thank you for always being positive and encouraging…

          • DeDe says:

            Thanks, Dana. I love teachers – without them, I would’ve been a completely different person, and not for the better. It’s a privilege to be a cheerleader for you all!

    • Dana D says:

      I’m with you Heather, concerning what and how we teach…

      We, in the classroom, are talking a lot about empathy, how our reading helps us, and the power of writing to help us think. We need to be more deliberate in how we teach empathy in our schools, I believe.

      I’ll be marching in Sacramento. California is crying right now…the rain is unrelenting…

    • Cedar says:

      I’m a professor as well, and I’ve been comforting myself with trying make my students better critical thinkers too.

      And I’m going to march in Boston tomorrow!

  4. Shannan says:

    I love your sweatshirt. I’ll be marching in Kansas City, wearing a shirt that I did myself:


    I’m really struggling to find compassion for those on the other side of the political fence, so I’m trying to renew my vigor to focus on love, not hate.

  5. Lisa says:

    Inauguration Day: the inauguration of an additional period of standing together, standing with, standing up, and standing for those who cannot right now.

    Sacrament, CA.

  6. Kathleen Trail says:

    Marching tomorrow in Austin with so many amazing women I know… Wearing black and a safety pin today and trying to meditate periodically at work to stay as calm as I can and keep the sadness and fear at bay.

  7. Alexa says:

    Taking in a surrealist art exhibit, appropriately enough. I am out of the country, so not marching ( I couldn’t find any where I am). But I made sure I packed my “Nasty Woman” tee shirt anyway

  8. Kristie Dahlia Home says:

    I’ll be giving a lecture and class on yoga and energy work to students at a local Catholic college this morning. On the way home I’ll stop at the art supply store to get sign materials. I’ll be marching in Oakland, California!

  9. Megan says:

    Marching tomorrow in Boston!

  10. Dianne says:

    I will be going to my first barre class and following that up with a massage. Then I’ll wake up at two in the morning so that I can take a bus to Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington.

  11. y.k. says:

    there are only anti-Park marches here in Seoul (ROK having their own problems right now ), so I’ll go to see Nocturnal Animals. it will be an awful day.

  12. Laura Jean says:

    Marching in Memphis! Our march ends at the National Civil Rights Museum, which is where I will cry, like I do every time I am there.

  13. MKeen says:

    Marching in DC with my mom, sister and friend! Glad I’ll be traveling while the inauguration is happening.

  14. gpc says:

    Marching in Birmingham, Alabama!!

  15. Jamie says:

    Today, I’m cleaning, doing a tiny bit of work, going for a run (maybe), listening to Nina Simone, and going to cheer a caravan of busses leaving this afternoon for the March in DC. Tonight, we’re having friends over for a quiet dinner, so I need to figure out what we’re making. Maybe butternut squash soup.

    Tomorrow, I coach my runners in the morning, and am lucky enough to be able to hang out all day with my friend’s ten year old daughter, so she can march here in Chicago. Her trusted sitter fell through unexpectedly, and her daughter has some special needs, so we’re supporting the local march that way.

    My son is excited to have an impromptu playdate with his friend, and he also has a basketball game in the afternoon we’ll attend, cheering loudly. There’s also a birthday party tomorrow, and lots of UNO and SkipBo will be played.

    I will also cry, often, all weekend.

  16. Adrien says:

    Marching in DC tomorrow!

  17. Caroline says:

    Heading to D.C. From richmond tomorrow morning before dawn!
    I’m heartened by how many friends who can make it will be there.
    Hopefully the sick feeling of dread that the Inauguration Day has brought on will go way by then.

  18. Rosemary says:

    Not watching one iota of anything called mainstream media you will not have my eyes & brain. working now natch. working out tonight and catching up on Good Behavior and reading Gentleman in Moscow. Sat am to Met Breuer to see Kerry Marshall before it exits. Marching Sat afternoon in NYC.

  19. kelly says:

    Today will consist of trying to buck up and pull it together! Tomorrow, we march, https://womensmarchla.org! DTLA, baby!

  20. DeDe says:

    Today I am wearing a t-shirt with the Jenny Holzer slogan ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE which I got from a seller on Etsy. People in the coffee shop where I am currently hanging out seem weirded out by it somehow (in a liberal neighborhood, whaaaaaat??), but whatever – they can call their therapists when they get home, then. 😉

    There’s a march happening here (Madison, WI) which will probably be pretty big, but I’m not sure my husband and I can make it since we’re boyh having some health problems right now that would make that much walking really hard. We will, however, be sending a buttload of postcards to Paul Ryan’s home in Janesville (I used to live in his district, ugh) and donating to Planned Parenthood. Next week I’m looking into finding someplace I can volunteer for the long haul.

    • Theresa says:

      Tomorrow I’ll be marching in Madison with my college age daughter and her friends. I’ve knit five pink pussy hats, so we will be representing well.

  21. Katie says:

    Marching in Chicago!

    • Bex says:

      Me, too! Several women from my church (it’s a very liberal Episcopal congregation) are going, and last night at choir rehearsal, I mentioned that I had knit additional pink hats (i.e., pussyhats), if anyone wanted them. This morning, an 80-year-old lady emailed me asking if she could have 2, one for her friend and one for herself. You have no idea how much this tickles me.

    • Sarah says:

      Marching in Chicago, too!

      Honestly today I couldn’t look away, just stayed home and watched the nightmare become real and let myself weep a little. Got it out of my system so tomorrow no tears when taking my five year old daughter with me downtown. Not sure how long she’ll be able to stick it out (although thank the lord it’s unseasonably warm here) but I want her to see what a sea of bad ass ladies looks like.

    • DeDe says:

      Go Chi Town!! That march is gonna be yuge!

  22. Molly says:

    We are gathering supplies from friends and neighbors to build refugee welcome boxes for Jewish Vocational Services in Kansas City.

  23. Marysue says:

    First, thank you I enjoy your blog posts! Marching in Chicago with my daughter and daughter in law!

  24. Dana says:

    I work in real estate and have to run an open house tomorrow early afternoon, but am planning on marching in Oakland for at least the first hour.

  25. Peggi says:

    I’ll be marching in Denver. I am not normally one for this kind of activity, but the minute I heard about it, I knew I had to go and be counted.

    • S. says:

      I’m marching in Denver too. Hordes of us coming in from Boulder county bright and early in the a.m.!

      For today, though, I listened to the entire inauguration on NPR — every. goddamn. word. of. it. — dressed myself all in black, and went off to teach college freshman about the values of the Enlightenment and the revolutions in the US and France.

  26. mlinky says:

    No marches scheduled here, and I couldn’t get to DC, so I settled for a contribution to Planned Parenthood.

  27. Ellen says:

    Marching in DC tomorrow!

  28. Jaimie Evans says:

    I am getting on a bus in Memphis this afternoon. Tomorrow I will be marching.

  29. joannawnyc says:

    I wanted to go to DC but broke both wrists a few days after christmas. I’m not safe out on my own so decided not to participate in person but instead cheer everyone on from home. Today–not watching overage, thinking positive thoughts about how to be politically active and make a difference.

  30. Megan says:

    Today I am walking with a friend, working with my husband and cleaning house with our son. Tomorrow I march in LA.

  31. Mariah says:

    Marching in Atlanta, GA!!!

  32. Martina says:

    I am marching with my sister and a lot of other women I know tomorrow in Boston…can’t wait to hear Elizabeth Warren speak!

  33. Hick from Styx says:

    Where can I find a cat-ear hat? Want to be a cat in a pink wool hat.

  34. Samantha says:

    See you in SF! Rain is forecast, but that won’t keep us down…although may make the “candlelight” march kinda tricky!

  35. Sandy says:

    Today I’ll just try to survive. Tomorrow I’m marching in St. Paul, MN.

  36. Cindy says:

    Avoiding all media today; playing with dogs🐾🐾 & marching in L.A. tomorrow💪💪.

  37. lisa says:

    Wearing all black today…since I’m in mourning. Marching in Kansas City in the morning. Trying to come up with a great sign. I’m thinking “We’ve come this far, we will NOT go back”. Thanks Kim for all you do!

  38. lisa says:

    oops, I meant I’m marching in the afternoon…with everyone else! I am not alone in this!

  39. zaida says:

    as a European, I just have to say how awesome it is to see so much love and support between Americans at this awful time. if I could march with you, I would. stay strong and I truly hope that the cheeto of doom turns out to be a scooby doo villain(that is to say, seems scary and undefeatable but is a stupid ineffectual pushover in the end and maybe wearing a stupid mask)
    love from the Netherlands! xo

    • DeDe says:

      Thank you, Zaida!! I sincerely hope CoD doesn’t make your lives harder, too, but if worse comes to worst, please know there are so many people here who value our international allies and absolutely reject his dangerous, provincial attitudes. You deserved better from us. (PS, my uncle lived in Amsterdam for many years. Goed worden!)

  40. Ashima says:

    Tomorrow, I’m marching in NYC with my 7 year old daughter and a bunch of women I went to college with. Today, I’m burying myself in my to-do list and work.

  41. Susanna says:

    On my way to DC now on Amtrak to march proudly tomorrow in my pussy hat. I’m trying to avoid all coverage of today’s horrors.

  42. Jill says:

    Tax prep. Because, really…when is a better (or worse, depending on your perspective) day to do it? I’ve actually been doing it all week (I’m a small biz owner and currently drowning in paperwork!) but today seems most appropriate. When my husband is home from work tonight we’re drinking. But not too much…I have a full weekend scheduled (early mornings, busy days) so I can distract myself until Monday…when reality will fully sink in. 🙁

  43. mary l schaefer says:

    avoiding all media; allowing myself to be with my sadness and shame that this has happened. will march in Nashville tomorrow, to receive healing energy from like-minded people

  44. Barbara says:

    TVs and radios off, papers not read, social media off, super-selective internet use (You made the cut, Kim!), catching up on work, working with my business coach, subscribing to Teen Vogue (tho I am not a teen or close to being “in vogue” I appreciate and want to encourage their willingness to cover politics as well as fashion.) I won’t be marching tomorrow for a variety of reasons that feel right for me, although I support and applaud those who will. I am sitting with my sadness and fear. I am wearing my “Nasty Woman” t shirt.

  45. AmyM says:

    My mom is 84 and no longer drives, so today I’m taking her to her bi-weekly “beauty shop” appointment, then out to lunch and shopping at Costco. Marching this weekend in Phoenix with a group of good friends.

  46. Nandini says:

    Today it will be trying to heal my cold in order to be marching in Montreal tomorrow.
    I watched the Gentlemen’s agreement last night and it felt right on spot..

  47. Mrs. Vandertramp says:

    Atlanta and looking forward to Congressman John Lewis making an appearance!

  48. Mae says:

    Housework. The only thing I can control.

    • Linda Boardman Kerr says:

      I agree. I also knit, knowing that the only thing I can control is the stitches on the needles. It’s very pleasant.

  49. Beth Ellen says:

    Making waffles and spending time with my 2 NYU student daughters, who head back to NYC tomorrow for the Spring semester. Watching TV or netflix-anything but the news/inauguration coverage. Fitting in some sewing or other creative pursuit to calm and center myself.

  50. jhops says:

    Ladies, I feel so bolstered by reading that so many of you will be marching. I’ve had to cancel my plans to join the LA march – my father has come home to hospice care after a short, brutal fight with cancer & I will stay home tomorrow to welcome family who are coming to say goodbye. I didn’t think I would miss the march for anything after election night, but now I will. Thank you for making me feel just the tiniest bit less impotent – protest the HELL out of things on my behalf, please.

    • Viajera says:

      I am sorry to hear about your father. Sending positive vibes.

      Don’t worry about the march, I will go out and come back in again for you (so to speak).

    • Barbara says:

      Send love and peace to your family. I am right there with you, my Dad entered hospice care this week, too.

    • mlinky says:

      I’m so sorry. I just lost my mom this week the same way. The blessing of hospice being able to give your father a peaceful, pain-free death can’t be overstated.

      Hugs to you, sister.

      • Mamavalveeta03 says:

        I’m so sorry, jhops, Barbara, and mlinky. I’ve been sitting with my BFF who is in hospice care at home with end stage breast cancer. We’re watching “The Affair” and pretending that it’s “Girls Night.”

    • DeDe says:

      I am so sorry, Jhops and Barbara. I lost my dad a few years ago, after a long illness. And what can you even say about it, you know? It’s just so f*n hard.

      There will be plenty of future opportunites for you to march and otherwise be invloved, unfortunately. But right now, your dads and your families need you. You are right where you belong. Hang in there. Hugs to you both.

    • KimFrance says:

      Sending you love, jhops.

  51. Keri says:

    At work today at UC Berkeley and trying to get through it; it’s been pouring. Hoping one of my sons has a wonderful time at his jazz competition tonight, and feeling proud of my other one for besting all of his conditioning goals in travel ball this winter. There was a supportive phone call from our school district superintendent last night acknowledging the feelings of our students (a very diverse student population) and encouraging everyone to stay in school today and be safe.

    Marching tomorrow from a local elementary school with my 9 year old daughter. She’ll be wearing pink (women) purple (antibullying) and kitty ears.

  52. Mary Alice says:

    Marching in Los Angeles with my daughter and some friends!

  53. c.w. says:

    Also avoiding all media. Went to pilates this morning and worked out with some awesome liberal ladies, both young and (ahem) older… Took Betty for a walk and will have a houseguest soon who will be marching with me tomorrow.

    For those of you who do not have a march close enough to attend…a friend of mine in that situation made a sign for herself as if she were going to march and put it in her bathroom so she’ll see it multiple times a day. I loved that idea. Her own virtual march. After the march tomorrow my “Stronger Together” sign is going on my wall next to my computer. Never back down. Never forget. #resist

  54. Tamara WINAWER says:

    Heading to D.C. In the morning…

  55. Jen says:

    Marching in LA!

  56. Laura says:

    Marching in Reno, Nevada with my 72 year old mother. My sister and her wife took a bunch of their younger relatives to the DC march.

  57. Laurel says:

    Today I’m wearing black and working. Tonight I’ll make some signs.

    Tomorrow I’m marching in Seattle!

  58. Anne says:

    Not watching the media coverage today, working a bit out of necessity and going to read a book once that’s over and done. Tomorrow I will be marching in Walnut Creek with a group of friends and husbands and then we will probably go on to the San Francisco march that is later in the day. Finished my hat last night, it has ears, but is seriously ugly otherwise. My knitting skills leave much to be desired.

  59. Ann says:

    Today: errands and staying away from the TV, although I couldn’t resist looking at the NY Times briefly. Going to a fundraiser cocktail party for a local branch library tonight.

    Tomorrow: marching in NY!

  60. K says:

    I spent the morning volunteering with a local food bank to add some positivity to my day (and hopefully to the days of the clients I served).

    Tomorrow my husband and I are marching in Chicago.

  61. Elise says:

    Marching in Philly tomorrow!!!

  62. fan says:

    Playing Hamilton on loop full-blast!

  63. Elizabeth says:

    I will be marching in Seattle tomorrow !!!

  64. Sxydocma1 says:

    I’ll be marching in Boston with my 10 year old daughter!

  65. Ellen says:

    I will be marching in Boston!

    • Susan says:

      I’ll be marching in Boston as well- with my daughter, my entire book group, and a couple of their grand babies to boot!

  66. Marina says:

    I’m cleaning house. That way I can channel my anger into something productive. Tomorrow, I will march in DC. I’ve lived here for more than 40 years. The next 4 years will find me working hard in advocacy for those whom Voldetrump’s election will be most hurtful. But today, I’m trying to avoid the Bikers for T***p, the red hats, and the armored military vehicles. (I am 8 blocks from the White House.)

  67. Jill says:

    Well the plans (a two-day class) for the weekend just got canceled on short notice. It appears I will be able to March in Atlanta tomorrow.

  68. Abbey says:

    Netflix and chill today. Marching in NYC tomorrow with my awesome mom, who raised this proud feminist!

  69. martha says:

    Headed to DC to march tomorrow with my husband and three adult children.

  70. Beth C. says:

    Tonight i’m going to see a Film Noir double feature. it seems appropriate.

  71. Monix says:

    Marching in London, England in solidarity with our American sisters.

  72. Andie says:

    Taking 4am bus from Connecticut to DC with friends, and will also have friends marching in NY, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and San Fran. Time to start walking the talk. Wish I had the pussy hat!

  73. Leah says:

    Marching in Oakland CA with my daughter’s GS troop…she and I will be wearing fleece pussy hats

  74. AML says:

    I’m marching in Ann Arbor tomorrow with some friends. Solidarity!

  75. Susan says:

    I will be marching in Boston with my daughter, my entire bookgroup and a couple of their grandbabies to boot!

  76. Elizabeth says:

    I will be marching in Philadelphia.
    I’ve been distracted from today’s bs all week because my fur-baby was lost – she ran off while hiking in the mountains last weekend, and was roaming until yesterday morning when a good samaritan (and likely Cheeto supporter, it being rural PA) found her! I focused today on her being home safe and sound, albeit emaciated and exhausted.

  77. kristina says:

    NO TV. Instead, Skype/Facetime-ing with my lady tribe who live in different cities around planet. Topics include, travel plans to get together soon and nurture our spirits with art, good food, and learning. I called my mom to check on her because she also wished for a different outcome, as many of us did. I also plan to make valentines to send out some love and hand made art during the coming weeks.

  78. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m so sad…I can’t march in DC due to an Achilles’ tendon injury. But a ton of my friends are chartering Jitneys from the east end. And my daughter has a ticket to D.C., but was called in to work and now she can’t go. She’s going to March for both of us in NYC!

    I’ll be at home wearing my new “tattoo” tank from Human Unlimited:

  79. Caitlin says:

    Marching in NYC with sister, teacher friends, and my high school students. This has to just be the beginning and about way more than women’s rights. Climate change page and civil rights pages have already been taken down from the White House web site. Instead we have amped up military and missile pages. It’s downright dystopian up in here.

  80. Cara says:

    Ate chocolate and Chinese food and will be marching tomorrow. I no longer recognize the country I swore allegiance to when I became an American citizen.

  81. Justine says:

    Marching in Pittsburgh! It’s wonderful to hear so many others are marching!!!!

  82. Wendi says:

    I’ll be marching…on Maui. ☮

  83. maria robinson says:

    Marching in Olympia!

  84. Jennifer says:

    Marching in DC tomorrow. Took the train from New York Thursday among a half dozen MAGA hats. Looking forward to being in the streets with those fighting the good fight, tomorrow and in the days ahead.

  85. Mary Mc says:

    Marching in Seattle!

  86. Sara says:

    Worked and ran errands today, made signs tonight. (Side one: “Don’t Tread on Me” with a drawing of a snake coiled around a uterus, side two: “FREE MELANIA.” Marching tomorrow in LA and looking forward to it. Feeling ready to fight.

  87. Renee says:

    Avoided the television…sat on the couch..nursed a cold. Husband and I will be marching in Sacramento even if it kills me! (worth it)…we’re pissed!!

    • Lisa says:

      Sacto was wonder-full! We traveled from Tuckee to be in the capital. Inspiring and fun! The malaise has lifted… #proudtoprotest

  88. Allison Bilas says:

    Marching here in Copenhagen, Denmark!!!

  89. Trina says:

    I’m too late for anyone to read this, but I missed it yesterday.
    Yesterday I got up at 5:00 and checked your blog, like I always do. For the first time in 30 years, I’m not reading the news. You and your blog are one of the things that has given me a sense of community and happiness. As much as I love your tips, it’s you (or your online persona, which I suspect is the same) and the other people who post here. Thank you all.
    My seven-year-old’s (I’m 54) school got out early, so I took a day of vacation and we played mini-golf and went to the arcade. At 7:00, we went to a candlelight march against bigotry, racism and childish bullying. I grew up and live in Madison, WI. I remember not being able to go downtown because tear gas from the night before was lingering. Last night only about 100 people showed up and their average age was about 65. Sigh.
    This email is probably TMI, but you asked. Thank you for helping many of us get through this difficult time.

    • Viajera says:

      I think 100 people is awesome!!!! People in cold climates should get some kind of a multiplier. For every degree below 50, you should get to count it as x more people. (I am not sure about specifics.)

      Kimmie these quizzes are getting hard! ; )

  90. Protesting is illegal where I am – leads to a quick trip to jail and deportation. I wouldn’t mind going home, but prefer going on my own terms. Completely LOVE that sweatshirt!

  91. Miriam says:

    We marched today in Vancouver, Canada!

  92. Ellie says:

    Marched in Des Moines, Iowa, where 25,000+ people came out for justice and equality! So many people who’d never demonstrated before. Inspiring.

  93. Dea says:

    Marched in DC yesterday. Feeling the first glimmer of hope for the first time since Nov. Such a moving and powerful experience.

  94. Sheila says:

    I marched in DC with my husband, sister, daughter and future son in law.It was an amazing day! So much kindness and love.

  95. TucsonDiva says:

    My dear friend’s mother died and so her memorial service was held at the same time as the DC march. It was an Episcopalian service and the minister in almost every other sentence spoke of “feisty women” and the need to keep pushing for what is right as the people marching that day were doing. Both before and after the march DC was full of pink hats and enthusiasm.

    Meanwhile, I want to do a shout-out to the store, Wake Up Little Suzie which has dedicated its windows to love notes to the Obamas, and Susan, the shop owner, commissioned a bus to drive people to the march. We need to support these brave businesses who are going out on a limb to speak their minds in the world of commerce. http://wakeuplittlesuzie.com/

  96. Gables girl says:

    Made a YUGE donation to PP.

  97. kate says:

    Seattle! I was at the end of the march of 175,000 and we got lapped by ones who got there first! There’s a video that shows the entire 3.6 mile course completely filled with people. epic! And swelp me if I hear one more woman say it was only because we were ticked off that Trump won, I will go ballistic. there. I feel better.

  98. Slushee says:

    Dublin Ireland with my daughter and husband. This affects us all.

  99. Heather says:

    I marched in Saint Paul with my 13yo daughter, her friend, my 11yo niece, and 100,000 other Minnesotans. It was glorious!