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Hoosiers Travel To D.C. For Women's March On Washington

Washington, D.C., Jan. 21 2017 | Susanne Schwibs

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Crowds flocked to the nation's capitol this weekend for the Women’s March on Washington. They came from around the country, including Indiana.

“Somebody got elected that doesn’t represent us," says Susanne Schwibs, Visiting Lecturer at the IU Media School. "But we’re still here and we’re going to have to be governed by Trump. So that was one reason to go, is to actually say ‘Hey we’re here, you have to take care of this part of the country too.’”

"I realized I couldn't sit back and do nothing anymore. I've been a voter and I've been involved in small ways, but I hadn't been really involved."

Bloomington woman Amy Sweet says she made travel plans to attend the march in D.C. very soon after Donald Trump won the election.

"About 24 hours later I realized I couldn’t sit back and do nothing anymore," Sweet says. "I’ve been a voter and I’ve been involved in small ways, but I hadn’t been really involved."

Sweet says the atmosphere at the march was "profoundly peaceful, and Schwibbs says it was a very positive experience.

Sweet says she knows more Hoosier women who wanted to attend the D.C. march but couldn't make the trip.

“They wanted to, more than anything, but they had to make family choices that kept them in the state," she says. "So they absolutely went to Indianapolis and took their families and their children."

[slideshow 2]

Schwibs says there were far more participants in the march than anyone expected. She says although the march was exhausting, she hopes their message got through to someone in the Trump administration.

“I don’t know, the message may be lost on Trump," she says. "But maybe some of his cabinet or people around him will notice, will at least pay some attention to us, and that was the purpose of it.”

Looking forward, Schwibs and Sweet agree: continuing the message starts with making phone calls to representatives.

"Now that I’m a citizen I will pick up the phone and will call my senator and my congressman and local politicians," says Schwibs, who immigrated to the United States from Germany. "And whenever there is something I feel they shouldn’t be doing then just pass that on."

Sister marches took place all over the world, including one in Indianapolis.

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