50 Little Old Ladies Joined the Women’s March from Their Retirement Home
On January 21, more than a million people took to the streets in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March, but the Washington, D.C, event was not the only one. There were Women’s Marches all over the world, and it’s looking like the biggest single protest event in U.S. history. In addition to Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, there were marches almost everywhere. There was one in Nashville, and one in Indianapolis. People marched in Paris, London, Tel Aviv. People even marched in Antarctica! There was a march in Zebulon, Georgia, even though there are only about 1,100 people in Zebulon, Georgia, and there was a terrible rain storm that day. Still, 35 people came out with signs and umbrellas. One of the smallest but just as meaningful marches was actually held in the Seacrest Village Retirement Center, where 50 little old ladies held a Women’s March of their own.
According to NBC, the march was organized by 88-year-old Alice Morawetz who said the marchers wanted to be “unified with other women.” They felt strongly about American democracy and women’s rights, but they’re old enough that it wasn’t really feasible for a lot of them to go out to the marches in nearby San Diego.
“Because we are seniors we have to be smart about this. We can’t go running around. It’s not possible,” she said.
About 50 women showed up, and they marched twice around Seacrest Village. One of the marchers was 101 years old.
Trudi Krantz told NBC news that she was marching for her daughters and her grandchildren. Two of her daughters were marching in Washington on Saturday, and they’re surely as proud of Krantz as she is of them.
New Yorker Carly Stockdale told NBC that she actually flew to San Diego to march at Seacrest Village with her mother and grandmother, rather than march in the big demonstration in New York. New York was a big demonstration, but the little one at the retirement center was pretty meaningful in its tininess. All these ladies in their 80s and 90s could have stayed home. Nobody could have faulted them for not marching! But they respected what people around the world were doing, and they decided they weren’t going to stay sitting down, either.
Those women were amazing, and they should be an inspiration to the rest of us. I can only hope to live to be 100 years old and still be engaged with the world like that.