PHOTOS: West Seattleites’ views from the Womxn’s March on Seattle

(EARLIER COVERAGE: Our photos of West Seattleites heading to the march)

(Gatewood pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen‘s aerial view of much of the crowd at the march’s starting point)

6:13 PM: With more than 100,000 participants, the Womxn’s March on Seattle lasted more than four and a half hours – from the first departures from Judkins Park around 11:15, to the Seattle Police announcement that the last marchers had arrived at Seattle Center around 3:50 pm, without incidents or arrests.

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We covered marchers leaving West Seattle this morning (see those photos here); we appreciate everyone who has sent photos ( or 206-293-6302) and expect to add more.


Above and below, Trissa Hodapp sent photos of her group, all West Seattleites, from the end of the route at Seattle Center.


Trissa says, “My daughter carried the sign almost the entire route. It was so powerful and had positive energy.” The signs told the story of the day – this next one was photographed by Samuella Samaniego:


She also sent this view from the Chinatown area:


Carl Guess shared the photo below, observing, “Love the juxtaposition of the gospel tune lyric and the flag.”


The sign shown with this group of “walking West Seattleites” was from the school of “cup half full”:


Some signs were handwritten:

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And in many views – what stood out was the prevalence of the pink “pussyhats”:


Many family groups – next are Stephanie and Madeline Gerding, photographed by Patrick Gerding:

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The next two are from Y-Ma, who e-mailed: “We got to Judkins around 10:30. The crowd, the energy & respectfulness was kind of overwhelming. I think it took us about 90 minutes after start to actually be able to leave the park vicinity. Coming down the hill – it was an absolute sea of people for as far as one could see.”


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That sea of people rolled and strolled on through the Central and International Districts, and on to downtown – this view is from Sarah Cameron:

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And this, from Laura Dedon Oxford:

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Next photo, via e-mail – “Denise Nelson and Lisa Stencel representing West Seattle!”


And here are students from a school that marched on Friday too – Taproot School:


Thanks to Lynne Meddaugh for that photo.

So what happened at the end of the march route? Barbara Dobkin sent this photo of performers on the Seattle Center grounds:


ADDED 9:40 PM: More photos sent since we published the ones above – thank you, again! Citywide media now quotes organizers as estimating about 175,000 people participated. The next three pictures are from West Seattle photographer Vy Duong:




Anna Yates took her daughters, Genesee Hill Elementary students, and shared this photo:


Another mom who took her child – Panayiota Bertzikis, who we found out belatedly is a West Seattle resident and was also among today’s speakers! She shared this photo of herself and her one-year-old, who joined her onstage:


From J. Lardizabal, more West Seattleites representing at the march:


Thanks to Layne Ahlstrom for the next three photos:




And Alki artist Susan K. Miller is the only person to send a sketch! “Reporting the old-fashioned way! 😊 This was Judkins Park at 9:15a, when you could still see some grass. Focused on that ERA NOW sign, exactly like the one I marched with 40 years ago because as several signs said, ‘Can’t believe we’re still protesting this’.”


ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: More photos came in overnight – the next two are from Karen Berge, featuring a two-sided sign created by one of the West Seattleites with whom she marched, Mary Sheely (seen in second photo):



Kathryn Aupperlee sent photos of signs that caught her attention, including these:

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ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: A few more photos have come in – these are from The Lees:

“We’re a local WS family from the Puget Ridge area. We took the bus route #125 in front of SSC to downtown but since the buses were full from DT to the park by the time we arrived at the SAM, we just walked up to the park. I pushed both my kids in the stroller from there to Judkins Park. I didn’t have a pink hat so I hair sprayed my hair pink. My daughter is a kindergartener at Sanislo Elementary. I am on the PTA board.”


And from Aneelah Afzali, the West Seattleite about whom we wrote on the eve of the march, for which she was a pre-march speaker:

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This was one of ~400 marches – photos seen on Twitter even included one in Antarctica.

29 Replies to "PHOTOS: West Seattleites' views from the Womxn's March on Seattle"

  • DH January 21, 2017 (7:36 pm)

    Carl Guess, that is a West Seattleite holding up the gospel sign. Thanks for capturing! 

  • Sam-c January 21, 2017 (8:02 pm)

    How does love trump hate if you can’t even reach out to your fellow west Seattle woman.   I reached out to a couple moms I knew to try and coordinate carpool or rides to March and /or March together but was ignored.  decided I didn’t really want to go by myself. 

    Seattle freeze trumps love apparently  . Practice what you preach. Start at home.  Don’t prioritize selfies in pink hats. Or maybe that is what is was about in the end anyway.

    • Mr E January 21, 2017 (9:34 pm)

      Next time, go by yourself. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised at how easily you can strike up a conversation with a fellow protestor. You might even make a new friend or two.

    • Cmt January 21, 2017 (10:06 pm)

      Sorry you felt left out/excluded Sam-C, I know it’s not a good feeling.  

    • SEW January 22, 2017 (11:00 am)
      I know that it can feel isolating or maybe feel like you’re being excluded when you reach out and the response is: crickets. And for some of us it takes everything just to take that step to even reach out, so I’m sorry you had a negative experience this time around. Also, it’s perfectly fine that you didn’t want to go by yourself this time. No reason to beat yourself over that, we have to do what’s right for ourselves at the time. Please try not to let it keep you from learning from the experience and trying again the next time you want to participate in something. Remember: we’re all learning as we go, nobody has it all figured out and…this is only the beginning.
    • Kimbee2 January 22, 2017 (11:11 am)

      You should have come anyway, there were 135,000 new like minded friends to make yesterday. I invite you to join the West Seattle Indivisible group. You can find national information here:  and our start up page here:  We’ll announce our next meet up shortly. 

  • Gene January 21, 2017 (9:30 pm)

    Sam C


  • Anonymous January 21, 2017 (9:46 pm)

    It’s spelled “women”

  • Jeannie January 21, 2017 (10:11 pm)

    Thank you for the millions of people who participated in the march around the world. We need to keep on fighting the good fight. Having said that, I do think “womxn” is a silly (and unpronounceable) word. I’d like to think “women” includes all women, including trans women. Hey, if “women” was good enough for the march in D.C., it’s good enough for me! 

  • Ms. A January 21, 2017 (10:12 pm)

    Hello Sam C – That’s  my kiddo with the Love Trumps Hate sign.  We couldn’t coordinate with other West Seattle moms either, so we just took the C Line to downtown and joined in.  We didn’t see many people we knew (too big of a crowd).  But, the kindness of strangers was overwhelming.  We talked to women who had marched in the 60s, police officers wearing pink flowers, baristas who wished they could be joining in, dads with babies, teenagers with signs. 

    I didn’t want to go by myself either, but my kid insisted.  Glad we did!

  • newnative January 21, 2017 (11:12 pm)

    Sam-c, I went alone and didn’t speak with anyone as it was supposed to be a silent march. I took the bus and light rail to the ID and walked to the start. After reaching Seattle Center, I walked all the way to Third and Pike to catch a bus back. I went to march and march I did. 

  • Julia January 21, 2017 (11:19 pm)

    Went by myself, never found the group I planned to walk with, had a great day! Mostly talked to people on the bus ride home.

  • laurenc January 21, 2017 (11:36 pm)


    Sam-C — For future reference, the bus from West Seattle is
    very easy – just hop on the C line and you can get anywhere (this is assuming that
    if you’re able to march, taking the bus shouldn’t be a problem). Just a guess,
    but maybe your negative attitude contributed to
    those moms not getting back to you. I’m sorry that you felt so badly burned that the meaning of all this got lost. Remember, we’re in this together. I
    hope tomorrow is a better day for you, I really do. Hang in there.

  • Rachel Newcombe January 22, 2017 (4:08 am)

    So happy to meet Jamie,  a solo walker from WS and make a new friend. She joined our Orcas Island group and we walked the entire march together. 😊 Loads of fun, then we all went to Mi Posto for dinner. Found out we both ♡ the west seattle blog. ☆☆

  • s c January 22, 2017 (7:29 am)

    As usual, Long Nguyen’s photo is fantastic!

  • Space Dust January 22, 2017 (7:37 am)

    Trump is already making the USA a better place, Look at all the people he got off the couch yesterday.

    • Seattlite January 22, 2017 (12:16 pm)

      Space Dust:   Indeed.

  • JayDee January 22, 2017 (9:12 am)

    Everyone: Thanks for your pictures and your presence in the March. I an older white privileged man but I support your cause, not Trump’s misogynistic hated and racism. Thank you. 

  • Conjunction Junction January 22, 2017 (10:32 am)

    Thank you so much, Long Nguyen, for your wonderful picture, this is exactly what I was longing for when we were down there.   I’ll be the first in line when you decide to put out a book of your great images! 

  • Samuella Samaniego January 22, 2017 (11:00 am)

    Sam-C, (always a little fun to call someone else “Sam”),

    Car pooling is not always easy for people. Most fear the commitment to another person’s schedule and therefore disappointing them when they are late or needing to cancel. Everyone’s suggestion for public transit is excellent. I just want to ask that you to consider never again deny yourself or others the compassion, support and work towards a greater good. The fact that you felt the March pulling at your heart strings says the best about you. And the number of people before me who have already reached out to you in a spirit of caring speaks the most about the companionship and good will that is waiting for you. Love peace.

    And JAYDEE, so great to read your comment, thanks. And you’re welcome!

  • Kimbee2 January 22, 2017 (11:14 am)

    To everyone reading this: How do we keep going? How do we organize? I invite you to join the West Seattle Indivisible group. You can find national information here:  and our start up page here:  We’ll announce our next meet up shortly. 

  • MTS January 22, 2017 (12:19 pm)

    You can also join a call this evening with some next steps:

    • Kimbee2 January 22, 2017 (2:55 pm)

      Thank you for posting MTS! 

  • Smitty January 22, 2017 (5:55 pm)

    All marches should be planned for Saturdays!  Brilliant!

  • Neighbor January 22, 2017 (10:43 pm)

    Sam c. Sorry that happened to you. I went with 2 of my friends and when I saw a woman I didn’ t know going on her own I invited her to join us in the Uber ride I had paid for. Please don’t condemn all because of a few. 

    it was an amazing, uplifting experience, and it inspired the women in my lie that did not get the chance to go.

  • Julie January 23, 2017 (3:25 pm)

    It was absolutely amazing to be a part of the march! Does anyone know where I can get a Seattle Womxn’s march shirt.., like the one on the banner in the next to last picture? The shirts on the Women’s March DC website are not specific to Seattle. Just want something to commemorate the day, and the beginning of the movement. :)Thanks. 

  • SueG January 23, 2017 (4:19 pm)

    My friends didn’t get back to me either with the final plan, so I missed out, but I still filled with tears looking at the pictures here and from all around the world.  Very uplifting – even from the couch!

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