A day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, millions nationwide and around the world marched in support of women's rights.
• Huge crowds converge on flagship Washington march.
• Hundreds of thousands at Los Angeles march alone
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Andi Buescher came alone to the women's march in Seattle, and doing so required some effort.
She woke early at her home in Bremerton, Wash., took the hourlong ferry across Puget Sound, arrived downtown and then walked more than two miles across the city’s steep hills toward Judkins Park, where an advance rally was being held.
“This is the first time I’ve even done something like this,” said Buescher, 35. “But I’m kind of inspired and moved to be a little more involved. I was skeptical about coming alone, but said, [forget] it, I’m going to go. And it’s kind of moving to see everybody coming together for something like this. Everybody’s been really friendly.”
Buescher, who moved to Bremerton from Los Angeles last year, said she supported Bernie Sanders in the California primary in June and voted for Hillary Clinton in November because she was “the lesser of two evils? I don’t know.”
She refused to watch or even read about Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
“Looking at his Cabinet picks, I just don’t see this going a good way,” she said. “I hope I’m wrong. I don’t think I am, but I hope I am.
“I’m here because of my own rights as a woman, including my reproductive rights,” she said, adding that she was particularly frustrated with Republican efforts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood is not an abortion factory. It’s the reason I never had abortions in the first place. And I want equal rights for everybody — every race, every gender — just rights.”
Buescher came empty-handed, other than carrying a camera. But by the time she arrived at the march, she had a simple sign with one work taped to the back of her yellow raincoat: “NASTY.”
“I didn’t have any sign, and I don’t own anything pink. Someone on the ferry was handing out signs. And they had ‘Nasty,’ ‘The future is female,’ ‘Women’s rights are human rights,’ and I chose ‘Nasty.’ ”