Women’s March, San Jose

The official figures aren’t in yet, but we think that more than 40,000 people showed up at the Women’s March in San Jose today. And there were bigger marches all over the Bay Area, in many nearby towns: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Oakland, to name just a few.

I sketched on the light rail train to downtown San Jose, and as we walked with friends, surrounded by people, chanting, and posters.

Pink pussyhats were everywhere. My friend Cathy McAuliffe emailed me this morning and reminded me to take along my pink pencil. I should have taken along a few.

Proud to be a part of this peaceful march that highlighted so many diverse issues. Amazed at the turnout and the sense of community. The city of San Jose cleared streets for the protest and set up extra public transport to let everyone come to the gathering.

My first two thoughts on today:
I’m lucky to live in California.
It’s going to be a long four years.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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26 Responses to Women’s March, San Jose

  1. carolyn cochran says:

    Even in our little NorthWest Washington town, 1200 people turned up to march together in solidarity. May we prevail!

    On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM, Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook wrote:

    > Suhita Shirodkar posted: “The official figures aren’t in yet, but > we think that more than 40,000 people showed up at the Women’s March in San > Jose today. And there were bigger marches all over the Bay Area, in many > nearby towns: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Oakland,” >

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  2. Sue Billings says:

    Your sketches have truly marked this moment. Sending you kind thoughts, from Canada, where similar marches have taken place today. Caring neighbours are important.

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  3. Suhita, you made my heart beat with joy today. Your sketchbook is making history – I can’t believe how you can walk and sketch at the same time – extraordinary talent.
    Thank you for all you did today – it’s going to be a very long four years but there is hope and we will prevail because we must.

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  4. Vina says:

    We had a good turnout in Santa Rosa CA too. 4 or 5000 people were patient in scattered showers, holding up signs for women’s rights, diversity, the environment, kindness. Your sketches captured our scene too!

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  5. beretgirl2 says:

    It was such a beautiful experience for me today, walking (and sketching too) in San Jose. A sea of people moving (literally and figuratively) in unity. Love your sketches.

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  6. Nancy Bardos says:

    Way to go! Yes, amazing you can March and sketch simultaneously! We had a big march in little Ashland, Oregon today…..it felt amazing. Thanks for your artistic record!

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  7. Annie says:

    Thank you for these sketches, Suhita, and your thoughts. My 2 adult daughters were in the DC March today, sending me photos of their energy and joy and I cried all day.


  8. miatagrrl says:

    Great sketches, Suhita! I remembered my pink pencil and markers, too! 🙂



  9. It’s definitely going to be a long four years. Thank you for posting and sharing your sketches! We marched in Florence, Italy and we may have been few, but the unity we felt with those around the world marching was overwhelming. Christine


  10. Lee Kline says:

    Good on ya, Suhita. Our daughter traveled from Miami to Washington, D.C. to march and called last night to tell us that there were so many people that there was no room to march. She was very happy about that.


  11. Margaret Hunt says:

    GREAT pages…I went to ours and drew too …..LOVE yours!


  12. michelle says:

    I love your sketches! It was an amazing day! We marched in Portland, Maine and the turnout was incredible!


  13. deb rossi says:

    Thanks for the sketches recording this exceptional day of peace and protest….so good to hear from everyone about their positive experiences.


  14. johnwevans says:

    It was so nice to meet you at the March! Thanks for these great sketches.

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  15. Miss Keene says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for marching, drawing and sharing.


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  17. Jessica Sahlstrom says:

    Your sketches are soo important— they captured the energy of positive change, positive movement, and collectivism in such an impactful way. Tell me what democracy looks like: this is what democracy looks like. Grand.


  18. Beautifully captured … and the slogans are way more in good taste than the ‘genitalia’ costumes that some protesters wore. Though far from America, totally support protests like these but do not condone obscenities in response to obscenities. As blogger mewhoIam blogger pointed out two wrongs do not make a right!
    Best to all of you hope you keep it up the protests and actions. I loved the slogan you had captured … “…Change the things you cannot accept.” :>


  19. Ieva Rituma says:

    J’adore vos dessins sur tout de sujet


  20. Helen says:

    I love the motion that your sketches hold! They perfectly encapsulate the movement and energy of the marches, I love them! X


  21. So beautiful and vivid! In between the sketches I read “We shall overcome” and put on Joan Baez, her tunes are in my head and I think about all the power intersectional feminists can have around the world. Did you hear about the bis feminist marches of South African students? I’m seeing connections everywhere. If you are interested, check out: https://colorfulfeminist.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/rethink-feminism/


  22. Margaret Hunt says:

    These are awesome. LOVE these. I may just start following the crowds around the country to keep drawing them. Of course with my pink hat and pen in hand.


  23. andreaemontalvo says:

    Love your art Suhita! They may have more power against women, but they cannot take away our women rights! No matter what they do, or try, they can never beat us! We are women! Not an alien! We are people also! Here to make Us a better place to be in! Not cause problems!

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